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Washington gas stations run out of fuel as they prepare for possible $10 per gallon prices

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The Post Millennial has reported that gas stations in Washington state are resetting their price boards in order to accommodate possible double-digit costs per gallon.

The outlet also reported that several gas stations across the state have run out of fuel.

What are the details?

Gas stations in Washington, the outlet noted, are reprogramming pumps and price boards to include double-digit numbers in "price per gallon" slots on cost boards and machines.

"At the 76 Gas Station in Auburn, Washington, located at 1725 Auburn Way North, gas pumps have been reprogrammed to make room for double-digit pricing," the outlet reported. "In March, they still had single-digit programming. A spokesperson at 76 confirmed to The Post Millennial that the gas pumps were reprogrammed to allocate for double-digit pricing."

The spokesperson added that while the change did not necessarily mean that gas would reach $10 per gallon, the possibility still existed.

"The specific gas station also sells race fuel which may have forced the reprogramming since it has also increased in pricing, the spokesperson told The Post Millennial. However, the race fuel is sold on separate pumps from ... those with the standard regular, plus, premium, and diesel fuel options," the outlet added.

The report noted that gas stations in Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland are running out of fuel save for diesel.

"Residents of the Tri-Cities are scrambling to find fuel. In a local Facebook group, members reported more than ten stations that are currently out of fuel, which include multiple Circle K's and Exxon's," the report continued.

At the time of this report, AAA estimated that the average price for a gallon of regular-grade fuel in Washington is $5.18.

The national average for the same time period and grade fuel is $4.58.

California currently has the highest average price, at a staggering $6.06 per gallon of regular-grade fuel.

Amid the ongoing energy crisis, President Joe Biden announced last week that his administration would be canceling three oil and gas lease sales in Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico.

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