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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Pipeline malfunction disrupts gas supply

  • Cleburne County already experiencing outages.

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  • A pipeline that feeds gasoline into central Arkansas malfunctioned Friday, resulting in gas shortages across the area.  According to Arkansas Oil Marketers Association spokesperson Ann Hines, a valve broke on the pipeline in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri area.  As a result, the central Arkansas gas terminal did not receive its regularly scheduled fuel.  Trucks were sent to terminals in Ft. Smith and El Dorado to transport gas back to the area in an effort to keep central Arkansas from completely running out of gas.
     
    Reports started coming in to The Sun-Times Monday afternoon that Greers Ferry was already out of gas and Drasco was running low.  As of Tuesday morning, the supplies for stations in Heber Springs were dwindling, with some stations already reporting outages.  Reports of lines at stations from Cleburne County to Little Rock have been coming in from area readers.  This disruption in supply comes on top of rising gas prices in recent weeks, with prices as high as $3.82 in some places in Cleburne County for regular grade gasoline. 
     
    According top the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association, the pipeline should be repaired and gas supplies should return to normal by Wednesday.

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