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Gas Stations Struck by Fuel Shortage
The fuel crunch has hit hard again in the Snoqualmie Valley, and service station
operators from North Bend to Carnation are experiencing
hard times at the pumps.
In a telephone survey last Friday, several
operators said they would run out of gas soon, and two
said they were out already.
Those out of gas presently are Maskrod's
in Snoqualmie and Don's Chevron in Fall City. They have been out of gas since Jan. 17 and
neither expects any gas until after Feb. 1. Until that
time, according to Don Moe, his station will be open
to handle lube room customers.
Meanwhile, several of their colleagues
have decided to ration gas while others, not feeling
the pinch so badly, are not rationing. In other
cases, however, gas station operators locally are
simply pumping their gas, with no limit, until their
storage tanks are dry.
A different approach is being tried at
Chuck's Chevron in Carnation, where customers face a
double rationing system devised to keep gas flowing for
a time each day until Feb. 1 and new allotments come in.
That system is based on a limit per customer
and also a limit per day from the pumps. Chuck said
that he usually opens the pumps for a couple of hours
each day, until he reaches the daily limit he figured
out some time ago, and then he locks them up again.
This way, he hopes to be busy until the first of the month.
Most of those interviewed voiced the same
concern and same idea of what they will do; they will
hold their collective breath until Feb. 1 and the
new allotments start coming in.
In the words of one disgruntled operator, "I'd
just LOVE to stay open more."