North county gas prices hold steady, south prices jump in face of storm

Published: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 02:45 PM.

In a May 2007 News Bulletin article, the company had explained south Okaloosa County’s usually lower gas prices by noting the longer distance needed to truck gas from the Niceville fuel terminal to the county’s north end. That gas comes by barge through the Intracoastal Waterway from a Pascagoula, Miss., refinery.

Whether local gas prices remain steady depends on an uninterrupted fuel flow from Mississippi. If the waterway remains rough in the wake of a storm, barges can’t run and fuel must be trucked from out-of-state refineries. That makes the price go up.”

Daigle said he was unsure of what prices will look like in the storm’s aftermath.

For Kelly Ross Fryman, of Crestview, that’s OK, because she always has a backup plan if prices rise.

“I never noticed (gas prices during Hurricane Isaac) because I was one that did not go nuts on buying a bunch of gas like some people do,” she said on the News Bulletin’s Facebook page.

“I figured, if I have to walk, so be it.”

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