Big Spring Refinery problems leaving several Abilene Alon gas stations empty

POSTED: 10:29 PM Feb 19 2013   UPDATED: 8:53 AM Feb 20 2013
GAS SHORTAGE
ABILENE, Texas -

Several Alon gas stations in Abilene are experiencing gas shortages. Workers at a few stations said they are out of premium, others are out of all fuel grades and they aren't sure when they will get a refill.  

The Alon USA Big Spring Refinery is under repair this month to fix damage in a vacuum tower. That means Alon stations in Abilene have to wait for gas shipments from Wichita Falls and that's leaving many of them empty.

Commenting a few weeks ago on their refinery repair, Alon USA President Paul Eisman said, "Our focus is to ensure the work is performed safely and properly while also minimizing downtime."

Until the Big Spring Refinery is back at full capacity, Abilene stations said it might be a while before they can fuel up again.

Alon stations with the most business will be refueled first. A few expect to have gas by the end of Tuesday night, but others may have to wait much longer.