With iced roadways and power outages across the state, Texans are finding it difficult to fuel up their vehicles.
According to GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis Patrick De Haan, there are three issues leading to the lack of gas availability:
- Stations without power don’t have working pumps.
- New fuel deliveries are delayed due to icy roads.
- About 20% of U.S. refineries are offline right now, a dozen of which are in Texas.
While there currently is not a shortage, the threat could arise if refineries don’t get back up soon, De Hann said.
With GasBuddy’s new “Gas Tracker” feature, Texans can help each other find operating gas stations nearby by reporting information such as fuel availability and prices within the app.
Here’s what else to know about the current fuel situation in Texas: