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Published September 19, 2011, 10:18 PM

Some Fargo stations experiencing gas shortage

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some in Fargo are fuming as they drive away from gas stations gasless.

Some in Fargo are fuming as they drive away from gas stations gasless. A Midwest gas shortage is causing gas distributors to wait longer for loads, and haul less fuel, making some stations in the metro run completely out of gas for days.

Food and Fuel. The two crucial things you get when pulling up to a convenience store, but for hundreds in the metro today getting fuel at a few area gas stations was just not an option....

The 4 Fargo Loaf'N'Jugs didn't have much for traffic today, and the few who pulled in were surprised to see...No gas.

Roy Lagier – Trying to Fill Up: "Well, its unusual to say the least."

Workers at the gas station tell us, since Saturday night all 4 stations have been without ethanol and unleaded gas all day. At least two stations since Saturday. Something some fuel distributors say doesnt surprise them.

Roger Richards – Owner, Town & Country Oil Transport: "I got people calling everyday asking for loads and I tell them we just don't have the capacity to do it."

Richards, owner of Town and Country Oil Company says most of the fuel shipped out of this distribution center in West Fargo is getting trucked out west to the oil fields where demand is high, leaving less fuel here in the metro. And two major Midwestern oil refineries, one in Minneapolis and one in Montana both are limiting outputs because of maintenance.

Roger Richards: "I don't think we've seen the tip of the ice berg yet."

An even bigger concern for haulers like Richards is the upcoming harvest, the uncertainty in the valley on how much fuel he'll be able to get to the farmers.

Roger Richards: "It's very scary, absolutely. We've been calling our farmers and saying you better get your tanks filled up. Get ready for the harvest because its going to be short supply."

Workers say the Loaf'N'Jugs will likely be fueled up tomorrow. Harvest distributors say you might want to make plans to have fuel delivered a few weeks in advance.

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