Sunday, Governor Brown called for an emergency release of winter blend fuel in response to record high gas prices.
With gas averaging $4.61 a gallon, some customers are calling it “crazy,” said Glenda Conteh.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) began sending notices today to oil companies to begin releasing the fuel.
Winter blend is regularly scheduled to release after October 31. CARB said the move will add a 10% supply of gas in the market.
“The market moves on use. I believe this is going to lessen the pressure on prices and bring them down,” said CARB Communications Director Stanley Young.
The news that prices could go down was like music to the ears of customers.
“Please let them go down. I don’t see how I’m going to make it,” said Conteh.
The same goes for gas station owners.
One man saw a 20% drop in business after prices went up. That’s because they make money when customers buy inside the convenience store.
High gas prices tend to deter customers.
“It is very hard. I do not think we can survive like this,” said Chevron station owner Amrik Sohel.
Prices hit record highs when refineries in California ran into problems causing a slowdown in production.
CARB says one major pipeline is back up and running meaning the fuel supply is already getting better.
Although experts can’t say when prices will go down, they are optimistic it will be soon.