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Gas Rationing is
Planned in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor This is an email that
started shortly after Hurricane Katrina in the United States saying
that an oil refinery called together the employees and told them to
keep their tanks full because gas rationing will be starting soon.
TruthOrFiction.com has not found any
substantiation for this story.
It is written in the unconvincing way of false eRumors.
At the time that it started circulating, almost immediately after
Hurricane Katrina, there had not been enough assessment of the
impact of the Hurricane on American oil supplies to have predicted
whether rationing would be necessary or whether the President would
authorize dipping into U.S. oil reserves. There was some short
term localized gas rationing after the hurricanes but nothing on a
It is the kind of email that seems to get started after a disaster
but for which there is no documented source, no specific details as
to which employees at which refinery were told this or who
originated the email.
Last updated 9/1/05
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
friend of mine who works for one of the local refineries told me that
the management called the entire plant together last night and told them
all to spread the word to their friends and family to keep their gas
tanks on FULL because gas rationing will be starting sometime in the
near future. This is due to the fact that they can't keep up with
demand (especially from the SUV crowd and their larger tanks) and now
with Katrina. It has been recommended to not let your gas tank
level get below one-half tank; keep it topped off.
we had gas rationing back in1974? Back then, you were only allowed
to fill up or get gas based on designated days according to your odd /
even license plates. Well, that's exactly what is going to be
happening. This is just a heads up.”
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