Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton held an emergency news conference Thursday afternoon to assure Texans “there is no fuel crisis in the state.” By mid-afternoon Thursday their was a line of cars at every gas station in Levelland.
There have been reports of stations running out of gas, however, Sitton said the problem is a supply and demand problem. As gas prices spiked and people rushed to get gas, amid fears of a shortage, consumers have put an undue demand on stations and that is making it hard to replenish supplies in a timely fashion.
He explained that the problem is more a logistical problem, “everyone runs to buy gas amid fears of the shortage and fuel suppliers are not able to get to all the stations in a timely manner.”
Along with the long lines to get gas, prices were up over 10 cents a gallon from yesterday with average prices at $2.19 in Levelland.