Valero Energy on Labor Day brought online its Corpus Christi refinery, the first of the refineries shuttered from Hurricane Harvey to return to full operations. Several others are in the process of starting back up. The historic storm triggered an ongoing gasoline panic in Texas and beyond amid fuel shortages and price spikes. Dallas-area fuel prices are up almost 70 cents a gallon on average, while San Antonio is asking people to carpool or work from home until more fuel supplies arrive in the days ahead. Hurricane Harvey knocked out more than 20 percent of the nation’s refining capacity, and fuel distribution issues have kept many stations from maintaining their supplies in the short term.
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Written by Jordan Blum at The Houston Chronicle