Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that drivers crossing the border into South Carolina are causing some gasoline shortages as they cross state lines for cheaper gasoline while a major supply pipeline is down.
Haley said there are some shortages in northern border counties like Horry, Lancaster, Spartanburg and York because North Carolinians are crossing to purchase gas. Both Carolinas have seen their gas prices jump by double digits since last week. The gas price website GasBuddy.com states South Carolina’s average price is now $2.1o per-gallon, while the Tar Heel State is closer to $2.22.
Stations in the Upstate and Midlands have had to get their fuel from other sources after a pipeline that supplies much of the Southeast was shut down last week due to a leak. Colonial Pipeline told the Associated Press it hopes to reopen the pipeline via a new bypass line starting Wednesday, but warned it will likely be a few more days before the resumption has an impact on supply and price.
Haley on Tuesday urged drivers to buy gas as they normally would. She said the panic that is stemming from media reports on temporary gas outages is not helping the situation because drivers are buying gas and topping off at a faster rate than they would normally.
There have been no reports of price gouging, but gas prices will increase up to 30 cents per gallon, the governor said, as construction of a new pipeline is underway.