COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - There is a rumor being spread on Facebook about the potential of a gas shortage in South Carolina.
The post began circulating Thursday afternoon and declares itself as a "public service announcement" - but it's far from it. The Facebook post has since been deleted.
The post says:
The worry about a potential shortage of gasoline could stem from the concern of a major shut down of a Colonial Pipeline affected by now Tropical Depression Harvey.
There is an expectation that gas prices will rise in South Carolina and other Southern states because of the reliance of resources from those pipelines in the area affected by Harvey.
The EPA approved emergency fuel waivers until Sept.15 for several states, including South Carolina. These waivers relax some fuel standards in areas where gas supply is affected.
The waivers help ensure an adequate supply of fuel is available, particularly for emergency vehicle needs. Right now the average price of gas in Columbia is $2.28.
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We asked Tom Allen with the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff about a potential outage and he said there's no truth to the social media rumors. He says:
Allen said he will issue more information if that information changes.