Department of Communications and Public Affairs

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Published on Friday, September 01, 2017

Mayor Nirenberg asks residents to fuel only as needed over Labor Day weekend

CONTACT: Bruce Davidson, 210-207-8998   

Maria Luisa Cesar, 210-861-9030

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 1, 2017) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg is asking San Antonio area residents to purchase fuel only as needed over the Labor Day weekend, until gas deliveries can catch up early next week. He’s also asking area gas station operators and owners to voluntarily and temporarily limit individual gas purchases, in order to reduce hoarding and prevent further hysteria.

“Be a good neighbor,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “Hoarding is creating the problem, and there’s no need for it. Refineries and pipelines that supply San Antonio are expected to be restored to service early next week. In the meantime, supply trucks are hauling gas from Corpus Christi and other area refineries. While this is a slower delivery process, everyone should understand that deliveries are being made and will continue to occur this weekend. Unfortunately, people are panicking and making the situation much, much worse. City officials have witnessed people filling 55-gallon drums in their pickup trucks.”

The Mayor pleaded with area residents to refrain from unnecessarily topping off their tanks over the weekend. “Refineries and suppliers expect gas deliveries to be back to normal next week,” Mayor Nirenberg confirmed.