Experts don't anticipate a gas shortage in the midwest, advise people not to panic buy |

Experts don't anticipate a gas shortage in the midwest, advise people not to panic buy

Updated: May 12, 2021 09:16 PM
Created: May 12, 2021 06:55 PM

Experts say they are not worried about the gas shortages on the east coast causing any shortages in Minnesota.

"We do not need to panic. We do not need to go start hoarding gas. We don't want this to turn into another toilet paper situation," said Meredith Mitts, the Public Affairs Specialist for AAA Minnesota-Iowa.

“The reason that there is a shortage and an outage situation out on the east coast is because they are directly given that gas from the pipeline and that is there primary source for getting gas to all of those stations," explained Mitts who then further elaborated that Minnesota gets its gas from a complete different source.

“Right now if you are at a full tank of gas, or even above half a tank, you wouldn't normally be filling up for another week, or even 3 or 4 days.  There's no reason for you to rush to the pump right now," Mitts said.

Mitts said gas being redirected to the east coast could possibly cause gas price increases nationwide, but that the upcoming holiday weekend is the more likely cause of prices going up.

"If we are seeing increases over the next couple weeks, part of it might be the redirection, but another part of it is Memorial Weekend is happening in two and a half weeks and so that’s a time people are starting to travel the first time in a year,” said Mitts. “You're going to see gas prices going up because we have 37 million people hitting the road for that holiday."

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