State Agency Issues Statement on Reasons for Gas Shortage

Posted on May 11, 2021 by Staff reports

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), which regulates the petroleum industry in Florida, is aware of issues that may potentially disrupt normal fuel pricing and sales in Florida. These issues include the recently-reported cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline serving North Florida, fuel terminal issues in the Pensacola area, and shortages of fuel truck driver availability.

“FDACS was recently alerted to a potential disruption in the fuel supply impacting the Pensacola region,” said FDACS Commissioner Nikki Fried. “This specific disruption is due to a company servicing that area that is unable to meet EPA standards on federal gasoline requirements under the Clean Air Act, which must be met annually by May 1. Given the federal regulation of this issue, FDACS immediately contacted the EPA to ensure situational awareness and facilitate direct communication with industry operators. We continue to encourage the company to quickly resolve this issue and mitigate any impact on the community and residents.”

Per FDACS, Floridians may expect some fuel pricing and sales issues in the coming days due to several factors. These include the temporary shutdown of a major U.S. fuel pipeline due to a cyberattack, causing fuel to be trucked in to certain regions, as well as a shortage of truck drivers currently affecting both the fuel industry and agriculture industry.

The EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the petroleum industry ask that residents not panic-buy gas, hoard gas, or form long lines at gas stations, as fuel continues to move around our state, stated Fried.

To report price gouging in Florida, call 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.