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Serious gas crunch reported

Emergency managers up the east coast and many other states are reporting serious gas shortages.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 31, 2005

Emergency managers up the east coast and elsewhere are reporting serious gas shortages.

"We may be facing a major fuel supply situation," reported a county-level emergency manager in South Carolina. "We in this county are cutting all non-essential services such as garbage pickup. It is a developing situation."

Gas stations in upstate South Carolina reported they were running out of gas. "The state is telling us the pipeline that services the northeast has been disrupted at the supply point in Louisiana, and that it will take a week and half for it to reach us," he said. "A lot of gas stations are out and closed in this area."

In central Maryland, many gas stations were shut down by Wednesday night. "I don't know when I'll get gas again," said one station owner in Laurel, Md.

In North Carolina, a gas station on U.S. 74 reported it had only premium gas left and was selling it for $2.99. Station managers say they are unable to get gas from their suppliers. A nearby competitor station reported it had to close altogether because it was out of all fuel.

In Michigan, gas prices were as high as $3.92 for unleaded regular in Garden City, just one of many stations with high prices in the Detroit metro area. Forty percent of Michiganís gas comes from the Gulf Coast.

In Atlanta, gas prices were rising and shortages were imminent, residents reported.

Hurricane Katrina shut down a number of oil platforms, refineries and pipelines.

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