Florida, Palm Beach Co. gas prices down 3 cents, nearby states have spikes

Gas prices are declining in Florida, but other southern states are being affected by a pipeline outage.

Gas prices are declining in Florida, but other southern states are being affected by a pipeline outage.

The average price of gasoline declined another 3 cents a  gallon in Florida and Palm Beach County this past week, but motorists in neighboring states aren’t as fortunate.

A pipeline leak has caused shortages and rising prices in six southern states., but Florida’s supplies are not affected.

“Right now the Atlanta metro area is really feeling a crunch. Their prices are up 30 cents a gallon since Thursday,”  Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst, GasBuddy.com, said Monday.

Monday, Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.28, compared to $2.31 a week ago, and Florida’s average was $2.15, down from $2.18 a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

“Florida, fortunately, has not been affected, as far as we can tell,” Laskoski said. “That is because we don’t rely on fuel from any pipeline. Our fuel arrives on ships and our supply is pretty healthy.

“It’s conceivable that some markets in the northern part of the state could eventually be impacted, but we are not anywhere near that,” Laskoski said.

The Colonial Pipeline, where a leak was discovered near Birmingham,  Ala. Sept. 9, has very little impact on gasoline supplies in Florida, AAA agreed. Florida’s gasoline comes from refineries in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Since the shut down, gasoline deliveries have all but halted and inventories have quickly been depleting as panicked motorists fill their tanks, leading to gas price spikes and supply outages, GasBuddy said.

Colonial announced plans to begin construction of a temporary pipeline that would bypass the leaking section, but gave no timetable as to when that bypass line would be completed, AAA said.

The Colonial Pipeline transports more than 100 million gallons of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel each day, to markets between Houston and New York City, AAA said. It provides nearly 40 percent of the region’s gasoline and serves more than 50 million people.

 

 

 

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