Hurricane Gustav To Spike Gas Prices

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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hurricane gustav to spike gas prices

As TTAC mentioned previously, the imperfect storm known as Hurricane Gustav is about to add to the perfect storm known as Detroit's annus horribilis. (O.K., Motown's blues have been at least three decades and 194 General Motors Death Watches in the making. But literary needs must.) The Detroit Free Press reports that the Cat 2 hurricane busy ravaging the Louisiana coastline will temporarily stifle a big ass chunk of America's oil supply. "Altogether, about 2.4 million barrels of refining capacity have been halted, roughly 15 percent of the nation’s total, according to figures from Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. The U.S. Gulf Coast is home to nearly half the nation’s refining capacity." Even if the oil industry can restart production more quickly than it did post-Katrina, pump prices are bound to be singing along with the Yaz. "As of midday Sunday, about 96 percent of the Gulf’s oil production and 82 percent of its natural gas output had been shut down, according to the U.S. Minerals Management Service, which oversees offshore activity." The Freep predicts a twenty cent– or higher– gas price spike.

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  • 1996MEdition 1996MEdition on Sep 02, 2008

    Gas prices here fell $0.10/gal over the weekend. A $0.20 price "spike" happens here about every thursday, then falls back.

  • Chris Haak Chris Haak on Sep 02, 2008

    Hindsight is 20/20, but crude is at $107.39 (down $8.07 per barrel) as of 8:57 a.m. eastern time.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Sep 02, 2008

    Gas jumped up 10 cents and then another 5 cents over the weekend here in S. Georgia. Regardless of what the price of oil does I think the local gas stations are going to take advantage of the situation. Funny how the price jumps at the pump the second any possible bad news happens but takes weeks to a month to drop back down. As long as it doesn't raise the price of food yet again I don't care too much.

  • BlueEr03 BlueEr03 on Sep 02, 2008

    I think this major drop in prices has a lot to do with people getting out of their hedged positions that they took before the long weekend. I would expect to see gas prices come back up some during the day (or next few days). I know Hanna is projected to go up the east coast, but Ike is set to be another Gulf Hurricane, which could see gas prices rise again, if only on speculation of the damage.