Truck Stop Chains Reporting Fuel Outages at Stores Across Multiple States
Little Rock, AR – Truck stop chains are now experiencing fuel outages and shortages in the wake of the largest U.S. refined products pipeline operator shutting down last week.
It was only a matter of time before truck stop giants began running low or completely out of fuel after the Colonial Pipeline was forced to halt operations following an alleged cyberattack.
Fueling stations across the southeast and east coast began reporting outages late Monday evening.
Now, truck stop chains are beginning to feel the pinch as well.
On Tuesday afternoon, Love’s Travel Stops was the first to announce it was experiencing gas and diesel service interruptions at more than a dozen locations.
In a statement, Love’s said as many as three dozen more stores were also currently at risk of gas and diesel service interruptions.
“Due to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown, Love’s locations in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are experiencing intermittent diesel and gasoline outages,” the company said. “Love’s and its teams are working diligently to minimize outages to only a few hours.”
Click HERE for the latest fuel updates at Love’s.
Later Tuesday evening, Pilot-Flying J took to social media to update customers and reported more than a dozen stores were experiencing fuel outages with seven stores completely out of diesel.
See the latest from Pilot-Flying J below.
(1/2) Colonial Pipeline Outage Update 5/12/21, 1:00PM EST:
All locations are open.
• No Gas, Diesel Only:
o Pilot #275, Charlotte, NC
o Pilot #374, Marianna, FL
o Pilot #420, Madison, FL
o Pilot #4580, Prosperity, SC
o Pilot #6990, Kenly, NC
o Flying J #6996, Warsaw, NC
— Pilot Flying J (@PilotFlyingJ) May 12, 2021
TravelCenters of America (TA) issued a statement Wednesday morning and then an update at mid-day.
“We are currently experiencing intermittent supply outages at sites and may be limiting the amount of gallons per purchase depending on location,” the company said.
Meanwhile, according to GasBuddy analyst Patrick Dehan, 1,800 stations are currently out of gasoline across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.
GASOLINE OUTAGES as of 11pm CT… percent of all stations in state without gasoline:
— Patrick De Haan ⛽️📊 (@GasBuddyGuy) May 12, 2021
Some of the most affected areas as of Tuesday night were Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Wilmington, NC; Atlanta, GA; and Norfolk, VA.
The popular fuel tracking app is reporting 71% of metro Charlotte gas stations, 60% of metro Atlanta fueling stations, 72% of Raleigh stations, 65% of Norfolk stations and 61% of Wilmington stations are experiencing outages.
It’s just as dire in parts of South Carolina and Florida as 78% of metro Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson gas stations and 73% of Pensacola stations are reporting outages.
In a statement late Tuesday afternoon, Colonial Pipeline said it “continues to make forward progress” towards reopening and was aware of the ongoing outages.
“Markets experiencing supply constraints and/or not serviced by other fuel delivery systems are being prioritized,” Colonial informed. “We are collaborating with the Department of Energy to evaluate market conditions to support this prioritization.”
TransportationNation.com will continue to watch the situation closely.