Arkansas Motorists Urged to Refrain from Panic Buying

SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Fears of tight gasoline supplies has led many Arkansans to keep their gas tanks full, which officials say has only made supply problems worse.  Oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been diminished by Hurricane Katrina, and refineries in southeast Louisiana have been shut down by the storm.

Arkansas officials say gas prices are rising, but stations will be able to get fresh supplies of fuel.

Despite wholesale price hikes, the state attorney general's office is asking gas stations to show restraint in pricing.

The average price of unleaded gas in Jonesboro this morning is $2.99 (9) per gallon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)