Thursday, September 01, 2005

More questions than answers

I've spent the morning looking for information about the pipelines serving Atlanta but had no luck. I did find the comments section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The vast majority of the posts criticised the people who were frightened into panic buying last night as "sheeple" who weren't thinking for themselves, and criticised the gas stations--especially those at $6 a gallon--for price gouging. The main argument is that panic buying and stockpiling is causal to the gas shortage. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

But without good information it is difficult to know what to do. Friends of mine have stockpiled 35 gallons in their basement. Will I regret not doing the same? My husband wants to fill up our 5 gallon containers. I'm a bit nervous about storing gasoline. The propane is bad enough. (But I have to admit I love the grill.)

If we really do only have a 7 to 10 day supply and minimal resupply from our pipelines then things are going to deteriorate. What can I do to prepare for this eventuality? I guess it is time to stock up my pantry. Its been on my to do list but this may be it.

The Oil Drum is covering this story and has had extensive coverage on Katrina in general.

On the Silver Lining side, public transit ridership in Atlanta is in record numbers.

I'll update our situation here as I get more information.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer writes:

As for Colonial Pipeline, it is working to install generator equipment at its facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi. The company said the power from these generators will allow them to gradually increase the system's capacity through the weekend, hopefully to as much as 50 percent to 60 percent. Colonial Pipeline is owned by five oil companies -- Koch Capital Investments, HUTTS, Citgo, Phillips and Shell.
This confirms what I heard on CNN so hopefully help is coming.


baloghblog said...

storing large amounts of gasoline in your basement sounds very foolish to me. I would avoid that at all costs. Better to run out of gas than to lose your home.

Stick to car pooling and public transportation if at all possible. Maybe keep a 5 gal can in your garage for emergency shortages. That would give you a 100 mi radius to travel in an emergency. (depending on your cars mileage)

Liz Logan said...

Thanks for your input! I appreciate it.

Alas I am in the sticks and there is no public transit. My friend will carpool with me, but she lives 30 mins away so it will depend on where we are going. But I am going to be more conscious, fer sure.

baloghblog said...

any update today? is the gas flowing?