Don't panic, but flooding from the storm has caused some fuel shortages at stations in North Texas.
BY ALEX MACON PUBLISHED IN FRONTBURNER AUGUST 31, 2017 11:27 AM
Harvey-induced flooding in southeast Texas has led to shutdowns at some refineries and pipelines in the region, causing fuel shortages—exacerbated by a frantic perception of fuel shortages—at gas stations throughout North Texas.
While the scene in Dallas hasn’t quite devolved into a Mad Max-ian scramble for dwindling gas reserves in a post-apocalyptic desert, your social media feed and office-wide emails have probably reported difficulties in filling up. Long lines. Frustration. Some gas station owners are predicting they’ll run dry by the end of the Labor Day weekend — QuikTrip told the Star-Telegram it plans to stop selling gas at half its stores over the next couple days, and all three Fuel Cities are anticipating empty pumps come Monday.
Informal tip lines about where to find gas have sprung up online, and GasBuddy.com is a resource tracking (slightly rising) prices and availability at individual stations throughout North Texas. QuikTrip is updating a list of stores that currently have gas. RaceTrac is doing the same. And we hear, through the admittedly unreliable grapevine, that stores in the Mid-Cities and along Riverfront in Dallas are doing just fine for now. The 7-Eleven at Maple and Oak Lawn began attracting drivers early in the morning. A line at an Exxon in North Dallas snaked out into the street, blocking cars wanting to turn right from Preston onto Frankford.
In an interview with Channel 8, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton told everybody to chill. “Concerns and even panic over gasoline shortages is leading to a sense that there’s a gasoline shortage,” creating the long lines and depleted gas stations, he said. A problem of supply and demand. It’s turtles all the way down.
“Don’t panic” is always sound advice, but especially now. There’s no need to start loading up the emergency bunker with gas canisters. The EPA and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Department of Energy have waived certain fuel requirements to make more gasoline available and to shore up shortages. The Texas Food and Fuel Association says that fuel terminals are beginning to reopen, although in some cases on a limited basis. There’s been no consensus estimate on how long this might last, as responders begin to pick up the pieces in the Houston area and surrounding counties, but a needless pile-up to rush to the gas station will only make things worse.
While a gas shortage may be a particular source of consternation for families plotting a Labor Day weekend getaway, it seems like a good idea to stay put for now, as much as possible. Walk. Ride a bike. Use DART. Help the people recovering from Harvey. Let emergency responders and southeast Texas residents trying to return home get to the pump first.
P.S. The Texas Food and Fuel Association cautions that gas prices should be expected to increase because of supply issues (more on how disasters affect fuel prices here), but customers shouldn’t immediately assume price gouging. Having said that, price gouging in the wake of a disaster is punishable by law in the state of Texas, and customers can file a complaint of suspected price gouging here.
Tenison Park Pollinator Garden
We need to mow around the beds and other routine maintenance chores.
As always, parking is along East Grand, between Tenison Memorial and Blair.
Scheduled volunteer days are 2nd and 4th Saturdays
August 12 and 26
September 9 and 23
Bring your hat, water, and hand tools
We hope to see you there!
Help us keep White Rock Lake Park beautiful! Once again, rain brought litter into White Rock Lake and the park. We now have a lovely ring of litter along the shoreline. Help us get it all collected and into the trash or recycling. Get your friends and colleagues together and enjoy a nice day in the park and give back to the community at the same time. Thanks to our Second Saturday sponsors, we can provide snacks and clean-up supplies. We hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, August 12
Sign in: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Spruce Up: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet Up Location: For the Love of the Lake Office
1152 North Buckner Blvd #123
(Casa Linda Plaza near Compass Bank, Facing Buckner)
The Advocate - May 29, 2017
Raymond Erwin’s legacy of cooking of salty traditional barbecue with true Texas flair began in 1952, when he took a job under restaurateur Jimmy Underwood, who had establishments all over Dallas.
Erwin spent decades learning the craft of barbecue, from how the make fall-off-the-bone ribs to never-dry turkey to the perfect Southern sides that brought the whole plate together. He spent much of his time at Underwood’s Barbeque, which opened in 1964 at 10920 Garland Road. In 1981 he took over the location and renamed it Raymond’s Bar-B-Q.
It was a no-muss, no-fuss kind of place where food was served on cafeteria trays and sodas cost 85-cents even into the 2000s. The butter-yellow booths and kitschy ‘50s décor made it seem like one of those true road-side restaurants you see in old photos on Texas highways.
He sold the building in 2004, but his namesake business kept on until new owners moved their Monterrey BBQ and Mexican Cuisine into the Garland Road location.
But during his many decades in Casa View, Erwin was known for doing things the same way. He kept his flavors consistent and used the same chili bean recipe since 1957. Here it is, first shared with the Advocate in July 1999, and dusted off just in time for the summer grilling season.
Raymond’s chili beans
2 cups dried kidney beans (Raymond prefers Colorado Mile High Beans)
5 cups water
½ cup chili powder
¼ cup salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
Dash of cayenne pepper (to taste)
Soak beans overnight in the water in a large pot.
Bring beans to a boil and add shortening, waiting until it melts to stir.
Reduce heat to low and cover, cook until beans are soft (about 2 hours). Add water if necessary to keep beans fully covered.
Add spices, and cook another 5 minutes.
For best taste, let beans sit at least 45 minutes to soak in all the flavor.
HSMNA Quarterly Meeting
Come spend an hour with your neighbors!
Tuesday July 18th
Times X Cellars Too
2018 Kidwell Street
My Family's Pizza & Wine!!*
Welcome: Jarrett Stampes, President
Real Estate Report: Britt Lopez
ENP Report: Chris Ball
*First glass of wine is FREE!
It's Bulk Trash Monday
Put it all out on the curb to be hauled off.
Come join us at the Quarterly Meeting of HSMNA
18 July 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
*First glass of wine is FREE!
Food to be provided by a local sponsor.
Help us keep White Rock Lake Park beautiful! The rains have brought more litter into the park and of course we have the lovely ring of litter along the shoreline. Help us get it all collected into the trash or recycling. Get your friends and colleagues together and enjoy a nice day in the park and give back to the community at the same time. Thanks to our Second Saturday sponsors, we can provide snacks and clean up supplies. We hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, July 8th
July 8 and 22
9-11AM - Bring your hat and hand tools
The Advocate - WIll Maddox - 29 JUN 2017
Darrion Green, a hearing-impaired football star and Woodrow graduate, is headed to the Deaflympics this summer. The Deaflympics are exactly what they sound like: athletic competitions for deaf athletes from all over the world.
Green was picked for the U.S. Deaflympic track and field team, which will compete in Turkey July 18-30. Green will run the 110m hurdles, the 200m dash and the 4x100m relay.
More than 2,500 athletes from 77 countries competed in the last Deaflympics, when the U.S. team took home 29 total medals.
The athletes do not receive any financial support from the US Olympic Committee or the government. Fortunately, Green was able to raise the $4,500 he needed for travel, accommodations and uniforms from private donors, many of them from the Woodrow and deaf community in Dallas.
The 23rd Summer Deaflympics will be held in 21 sports across 39 venues in Samsun, Turkey. The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) is the second oldest international competition, next to the Olympics.
A press release from the ICSD reads, “For us it is an opportunity to remind people that this sport event is not only a performance for the medal. This is a chance to find new friends, this is new experience and these are the positive emotions.”
In a fundraising letter, Green writes, “It brings me great honor to be representing the deaf community, Woodrow Wilson High School, and our great nation. Thank you again, and look for my name when they raise the American flag upon receiving the gold medal.”
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214