SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – September 4th, 2012 – Last night, various gasoline stations in the country found themselves in a difficult situation, as they ran out of gasoline and saw their back up fuel become less by the minute.
Long lines of drivers waited outside of many stations while frantic attendants tried to keep up.
This comes as a result of the strike by gasoline carriers we covered yesterday. MINAE, The Environment and Energy Ministry, says it will not negotiate with the carriers.
One of the gasoline stations suffering the consequences of the strike is Servicentro las Avenidas, located in front of the La Merced park, which ran out of diesel and had very little supply in both “regular” and “super” gasoline.
“Servicentro Tournon” was also short in diesel and had little stock of gasoline.
One Delta gasoline station, located in West Sabana had to close its doors as of 6:00 p.m, when it completely ran out of fuel.
Yesterday, long lines of cars were to be seen in many gasoline stations in Escazu, Heredia, Cartago, San Pedro and Alajuela.
According to Jose Miguel Masis from the Chamber of Fuel Retailers, the latest report they had indicated that 60% of gasoline stations had shortage issues.
Of those, 35% said as of 8pm last night that they could provide service for about 3 more hours (that is, until approximately 11:00 p.m last night).
Masis added yesterday, “From what I am seeing tonight, we can definitely anticipate lack of gasoline tomorrow. I was able to observe many vehicles going to the gasoline stations and stocking up on amounts that are not typical. “
Masis commented that one of the most concerned groups are bus operators, as these need to be supplied with gasoline on a daily basis.
He also stated that these type of protests usually do not last more than two days, however, if an agreement is not made by today, the fuel carriers will follow through with the “indefinite strike.”
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