Lack of Gas Stuns Phoenix, More Shortages Expected
After days of skyrocketing gas prices, local drivers in Phoenix encountered more bad news at the pump on Sunday, August 17: no gas at all. The weekend outages were much worse than expected, leading Gov. Janet Napolitano to cut short her trip to the National Governors Association Conference in Indianapolis.The pipeline between Phoenix and Tucson ruptured July 30, spilling about 12,000 gallons of fuel, and the operator shut it down Aug. 8 because of concerns that there could be more problems. Since then, gas has been trucked up from Tucson. On Aug. 7, the price for regular unleaded gas in Phoenix was $1.54 a gallon, according to the AAA. At 1 a.m. Sunday, it was $1.77. And as the day wore on, prices climbed above $2.There are no gasoline refineries in Arizona so all of the fuel must be delivered through pipelines operated by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners of Houston. One pipeline, bringing gasoline from California, remains in operation. The pipeline that is shut down brings fuel from Texas by way of Tucson. But Kinder Morgan Energy Partners officials say it would be one or two weeks before the pipeline is running again.