The EPA is adressing the gas shortage in Louisiana

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved emergency fuel waivers for Louisiana. Residents in the state have been racing to the gas pump everyday since Hurricane Ida made landfall. Due to a massive gas shortage people are now traveling to other cities increasing the shortage.

Posted: Sep 7, 2021 6:19 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2021 6:15 PM

LAFAYETTE, La. - All across the state, Louisianian's have been racing to the gas pump. There's been a huge shortage due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida. The Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in to help.

"I'm thrilled that the epa is helping us get some more gas," said Smith.

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Lafayette was one of the cities in louisiana that managed to stay unscaved during hurricane ida's wrath ... but with so many cities and parishes out of gas residents are traveling to other locations to fill up at the pump.

"Those people who live in Grand Isle, south of New Orleans, Baton Rogue, LaPlace, they desperatley need help," said Smith.

That's why The EPA is issuing waivers allowing refineries to produce, sale and distribute winter gasoline during the summer. Something environmental regulations don't typically allow because it increases ozone pollution.

Adele Smith has friends and family in New Orleans who she hasn't been able to reach because of the power outages.


"Two phones, neither one of them is working, I don't know what's going on, I don't know if they've flooded," said Smith.

With The EPA stepping in residents like Adele might be able to finally check on their loved ones.


I said "the gas shortage has also been effecting residents like Kathryn Bryant. She works with people in Louisiana to help Senior Citizens get out of their dire situations since Hurricane Ida knocked the power out of many nursing homes."

"That was very emotional too. It was very hard to see those conditions that they were in because I have a medical background you know? I used to work for the V.A," said Bryant.

Driving a wheelchair accessory van, people like Bryant depend on gas especially when she's transporting people for long distances like from Alexandria to Metarie.


"Just transport anyone that I can get to safety or back home. You know there's no fuel in Baton Rogue, like it's been really tough trying to find fuel, it's been horrendous."

This is the second emergency gas waiver issued out by The EPA. Mississippi is also getting a gas waiver since they've had similar issues. Gasbuddy reports about two-thirds of the gas stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge are without gas.

The gas waiver will last until September 16th.

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