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High gas price fuels low gas supply concerns in the wake of terror.

September 13, 2001
By: Chris DuPree
State Capital Bureau
This is Chris DuPree for Missouri Capital Caucus.

Most gas stations and convenience stores had an increase in fuel sales of at least 200 percent the day of the terrorist attack in New York and Washington DC.

Immediate concerns of a gas shortage caused some stations to even run out of fuel in the wake of heavy demand and sent prices soaring to extreme levels.

But Ronald Leone, Executive Vice President of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, thinks the extreme high prices that consumers faced where only at a few stations scattered throughout the state.

Actuality:Ron Leone
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As a result of the terrorist attack, a few oil refiners did temporarily suspend their operations, causing supply lines to be rationed to different retail outlets.

The long-term effects of the terrorist attack are still unclear, but no supply problems are foreseen in the immediate future and Leone says people should maintain normal gas purchasing habits as the current supply is still steady.

Chris DuPree in Jefferson City.