Hurricane Sandy causes diesel shortages in Southeast

Hurricane Sandy causes diesel shortages in Southeast

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Some companies in Knoxville who use large amounts of diesel said they have been warned there may be a shortage. Some companies in Knoxville who use large amounts of diesel said they have been warned there may be a shortage.
"The big buyers of diesel, the bulk buyers, might be seeing some spot shortages along the way," said AAA East Tennessee spokesman Don Lindsey. "The big buyers of diesel, the bulk buyers, might be seeing some spot shortages along the way," said AAA East Tennessee spokesman Don Lindsey.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As recovery efforts continue in the Northeast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, ripple effects from the storm can be felt all the way in East Tennessee.

Some companies in Knoxville who use large amounts of diesel said they have been warned there may be a shortage.

"The deliveries what were supposed to happen in the Northeast are being delayed, causing problems back up the line from there, causing some spot shortages in different locations in the Southeast," said AAA East Tennessee spokesman Don Lindsey.

Lindsey said most people won't be affected by the shortage.

"The big buyers of diesel, the bulk buyers, might be seeing some spot shortages along the way," said Lindsey.

Edgar Ang, with Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), said several places in the Southeast are being effected worse than Tennessee.

"There is a huge problem, I know, down in Virginia and the Carolinas," said Ang. "There is a problem there with some of their wholesale. They are running out of supply."

Even though there is a potential for a diesel shortage in this part of the country, as of Thursday afternoon, all gas stations in Knoxville said they have plenty of diesel for sale.

Fuel experts said they do not expect the diesel shortage to last long.

They said it should only be around for a couple of weeks, but it is one of the most widespread problems they have seen.

"I think this is one of the worse," said Ang, "Previously we had shortage problems not as bad. I don't think we've seen the effect going down to the Carolinas and even Florida."

Both experts 6 News spoke with said these kinds of shortages after a major disaster are not surprising.

OPIS officials said they do not feel the price of diesel will be greatly affected by the temporary shortage.       

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