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TEMA assures Tennesseans there is no gas shortage

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The director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is reassuring Tennesseans there is enough gas in the state, and everyone should drive and refuel as normal.

Director Patrick Sheehan explained the emergency declaration Gov. Bill Haslam issued will ensure petroleum can be delivered to gas stations.

Sheehan warned if people fill up their tanks when they’re not close to empty or fill multiple containers, demand could exceed supply. However, this could be the case even under normal circumstances, he said.

Sheehan reminded the public there are multiple pipelines, not just the Colonial Pipeline, that provide fuel to Tennessee.

According to the state’s price gouging laws, anyone  charging unreasonable prices for essential goods and services — including gasoline, food, ice, fuel, generators, lodging, storage space and other necessities — in direct response to a disaster, regardless of whether that emergency occurred in Tennessee or elsewhere, will be fined.

This price gouging act is triggered when a disaster is declared by the state or by the federal government.

To file a price gouging complaint, go to www.tn.gov/consumer or call toll-free 1-800-342-8385.