The news article linked below provides a fairly complete explanation for why the shortage seems to exist in the Southeast, but not in the Northeast. What the article doesn’t mention in detail is that there is actually a shortage of licensed tractor-trailer drivers currently. While it might be possible to compensate for the pipeline problem to a certain extent with more tanker trucks, unfortunately there aren’t enough people to drive them at this point.
I was actually thinking of filling my tank yesterday–as a precaution–even though it is at the 3/4 mark. But, this same reporter explained in a different article yesterday that the likely problem in the Southeast was unlikely to happen in the Northeast. And, in my travels yesterday and today, every gas station that observed had just a “normal” line-up of cars. No panic buying is apparent in this area,
or–at least–not yet.