AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Georgia and five other states are in a state of emergency after at least 250,000 gallons of oil leaked into a pond south of Birmingham, AL, but for most drivers in Augusta, it’s business as usual.
Attendants at several gas stations in Thomson, Ga. and Wrightsboro Road and Washington Road in Augusta tell WJBF NewsChannel 6 that they have plenty of fuel.
“We still have at least 3,000 gallons left of regular,” said Chevae Nipple, a store assistant at the Circle K on Washington Road. “So that’s pretty good.”
However, one gas station has run out of gas, the Circle K on Mike Padgett Highway.
“I saw the sign on the door that says out of gas,” said customer Jackson Napoleon. “And I looked over and I’ll be dogged, they’re out of fuel.”
The Circle K attracts a host of regulars.
“It’s a neighborhood store. And I live out in the neighborhood, so this is my go-to. store,” said Robyn Turner.
But Sunday, the gas handles were bagged. Customer Jackson Napoleon says he suspects the Circle K has run dry because so many people go there.
“It’s normally very crowded,” he said. “A lot of people get fuel like I said. It’s normally crowded, and today it’s like a ghost town.”
But it could be worse. Chevae Nipple works at the Circle K on Washington Rd. just off I-20, and she says people coming through from South Carolina have been struggling to get gas.
“One lady told me she stopped at four different stores. And she couldn’t get gas until she got here,” Nipple said. “So I guess it is pretty serious right now.”
Augusta has avoided the spike in gas prices that has affected some areas of Georgia, but that dosen’t mean the CSRA is out of the woods just yet.
“Because we do not know when we’re going to be able to get another gas delivery right now,” Nipple said.
Management at the Circle K on Mike Padgett Highway did not want to comment, so we’re not sure when they’ll be getting more gas.
The pipeline rupture was detected September 9th, but crews are still working to fix it.