Pipeline Shut Down Near Washington Sound

Two dozen 76 stations left without premium gasoline

NORTH BEND, Wash. --Some North Bend, Wash., drivers did a double-take at a local gas station over the past weekend. Premium gasoline was the same price as regular: $2.49 a gallon, according to a report from KOMO News.

"I think we're pretty lucky to get it at that price!" said one customer filling up on premium for a change.

Why the deal at the North Bend 76 station? It's because the station ran out of regular gasoline. The owner said there was a shortage problem at about two dozen 76 gas stations in the Seattle area. "[image-nocss] It's anywhere between a loss of $250 to $2,000 a day," Wagih Abu-Rish, the North Bend gas station owner, told the television news show.

Local 76 station owners say it's not their fault. Houston-based ConocoPhillips is responsible for supplying them with gasoline but ran short of supply. A ConocoPhillips spokesman said the shortage is because of an unplanned shutdown of the Olympic Pipeline, which supplies gasoline to the Washington Sound.

Olympic Pipeline confirmed the line shut down for several days last week. There was an electrical problem at a pump station in Anacortes, Wash. ConocoPhillips expected everything to be back to normal by this past Tuesday.

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