Panic Buying At NYC's Gas Stations Is Only Making Things Worse

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We just talked with’s Patrick DeHaan, who flew in from Chicago to observe what’s happening with New York City’s gas situation.His conclusion: the situation has only deteriorated, thanks to what he sees as panic buying among the city’s drivers.

Just one quarter of the city’s gas stations remain online — and part of the reason is that demand is outpacing the ability of product transporters to maintain adequate supply. He said he’d visited a BP station that was selling thousands of gallons of gas every 15 to 30 minutes. 

“People are panicking, putting a run on the system,” he said.

He said the authorities may want to consider imposing a rationing system similar to odd/even-day regime  currently in place in New Jersey.

Short of that, he said drivers simply need to calm down.

“If people would just take a breather, things would get back to normal.”

GasBuddy has an app showing which stations are pumping — check it out here

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