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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issues order to prevent gas shortages

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued an executive order so Kentucky doesn't experience gasoline shortages like other states.  For most people in Metro Louisville, it was a week about getting power back on, as 300,000 people at one time or another were left in the dark.

In some cases, it took our thoughts off gas prices, but now, it's back to octane central.  Filling up in metro Louisville can still bring out the worst in a lot of people.

"We were in line in Portland over at the Chevron, one guy was getting ready to fight another guy, because he took his gas can up and got in front of the whole line," said Robert Arnold, a storm victim.

"Last week on Blankenbaker Parkway, they were experiencing gas shortages at the Thorntons, so I waited for about 30 minutes for $6 worth of gas," said Taya Williams, a storm victim.

Just after the big wind storm over a week ago, there were stories of some long lines and stations running out of gas in the city.  In fact there are similar stories in cities like Nashville and Atlanta.  Some people want to know, if the problems there will cause a supply problem for Metro Louisville.

"When there were some lines, in particular in Louisville in the aftermath of the storm, a lot of that had to do with terminals going down, so it was actually a power issue, more than a supply issue, we don't have a sense per se that supplies are a crushing issue or a crisis issue," said Jay Blanton, Beshear's spokesman.

To date, the governor and state attorney general have initiated an investigation to make sure there was no price gouging.  There was a federal waiver request on reformulated gasoline, which cost five to ten cents more at the wholesale level.

The latest step to ease pressure at the pump, allows refineries to supply a more volatile blend of gas, a week earlier than normal.  During warm months the law requires a blend of gasoline that minimizes pollution.  That's normally sold until september 30th.

"By increasing the volatility of the gasoline that can be allowed in the supply, that might provide just a little bit more of an edge for folks," said Blanton.

It's an edge everyone's looking for.

"These gas prices aren't going down, they're just going up, they take five cents off and try to pacify you, but that's not doing no good for you, and then jack it right back up when the weekend comes," said Arnold.

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