Suggested Reading: Beyond Mid-May Motor Fuel Madness: Will Gasoline Supply Scrambles Persist?

The Colonial Pipeline debacle of May 2021 was the result of a number of factors. These factors came together in a dramatic way creating fuel shortages throughout the east coast. This article by Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) presents an overview of those factors and others that linger still.

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Ground Service Equipment (GSE) Fueling

There is more to fueling at an airport than jet fuel. Sure, the big, majestic things with wings get most of the attention. However, travelers might be upset if their pressurized flying tube has jet fuel in it but no baggage or beverages. Jet fuel may get all of the love, but tugs, baggage carriers, catering vehicles, and deicers need fuel, too.

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Lack of Transparency

In the early 1990’s a newly formed energy company was growing rapidly. The firm dominated the energy futures trading market. It reported enormous profits and was a darling of Wall Street. The company’s balance sheet reported over $60 billion in assets. The company was Enron.

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