Harvey drives up price of gasoline on Long Island
The average price of gasoline spiked overnight on Long Island after two major pipelines were forced to shut down, or at least slow down, due to Hurricane Harvey.
On Thursday, the average gas price was $2.57 per gallon. Today, it is $2.66 – up 9 cents in 24 hours and 15 cents in a week.
Kevin Beyer owns Performance Fuels in Smithtown. He's also the former president of the Long Island Gas Retailers Association. He says a temporary supply shortage is driving up prices, but he expects the increase to last just a few weeks. Beyer says Long Islanders should not expect to see any gas lines.
"I don't foresee any problems with any shortages that way. There's supply, I've been able to get supply from my distributors. I've been checking with everyone, they've been able to get supply as well," says Beyer.
Most Long Island residents who spoke to News 12 are taking the price spike in stride, knowing how difficult it is to recover from destruction caused by a massive storm.
"When we had Sandy, everybody just had to be so patient…In the grand scheme of things, [the price surge] is not a big deal," said one resident.