PICKAWAY COUNTY, Ohio– Pilot Travel Centers LLC. announced yesterday that they are struggling to supply central Ohio gas stations with diesel fuel.
The company released a statement after their Pickaway County location ran out Thursday afternoon.
“The industry is facing extremely tight diesel supply conditions in the Ohio market,” said one corporate representative.
“We are working to manage demand across our stores and as a result, select locations may be temporarily down on diesel.” The company added that they are bringing in drivers and fuel from surrounding states to help maintain supply at the remainder of their stations.
Circleville is one of four Pilot Travel Centers out of diesel fuel. Stores in Sunbury, Columbus, and Hebron join Circleville on the list of stations that are temporarily out. The company said that the remainder of their other locations are viable alternatives.
The lack of fuel is not new as the national labor shortage creeps into the trucking industry. In June, experts warned that fewer truck drivers were on the road in 2021. National analysts have said sporadic outages could continue for the rest of the year.
“We are not looking at a shortage of gasoline,” said a AAA spokesperson to national media. “In fact, we have ample supply in the United States to get through the rest of the year. The concern is not a shortage of fuel but a shortage of drivers to deliver that fuel.”