Some gas stations are being overwhelmed by intense demand for fuel following the Colonial pipeline shutdown, an industry trade group told CNN Business on Wednesday.
“Demand has been two to four times normal in many markets and the system, even when unstressed, cannot handle it,” Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives at NACS , the leading trade group for convenience and fuel retail, said in an email.
Lenard said the association had heard from retailers that there were “definitely issues staying ‘wet'” and called for images on social media showing people filling up not only their vehicles, but everything. container available.
“It’s a big deal,” he said. “Not only does this take fuel away from those who need it, it also creates transport and storage concerns wherever they go. Just because you have something with a lid doesn’t mean you have to fill it with fuel.