A pipeline that provides gasoline to several Arkansas service stations encountered a problem Friday that has resulted in some locations running low on fuel, including several in Pine Bluff.

A pipeline that provides gasoline to several Arkansas service stations encountered a problem Friday that has resulted in some locations running low on fuel, including several in Pine Bluff.

“There has been an issue with the pipeline that runs through central Arkansas but it is expected to be resolved and gasoline should be received at the pipeline terminals in North Little Rock sometime tomorrow [Tuesday] afternoon or evening,” said Ann Hines with the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association.

El Dorado, Fort Smith, and West Memphis/Memphis have gasoline and the petroleum wholesalers are picking up fuel at those locations, Hines said.

“But, there are only so many transport trucks available and while a petroleum wholesaler who is based in central Arkansas can normally have his trucks make about five trips a day to the pipeline terminals in North Little Rock, a truck can only haul one or two loads a day from El Dorado, Ft. Smith or the Memphis area,” she said.

“It will take at least 24 hours after the loading racks are opened back up before all the retail locations can be restocked,” Hines said. “There is fuel available but just not at all retail outlets.”

Several service stations in central Arkansas reported running out of fuel during the day Monday and some Pine Bluff area stations were awaiting their next delivery.

The Valero on East Harding Avenue has been experiencing problems with gas shortages since Friday, according to a spokesman.

Contacted Monday around 7 p.m., cashier Nekita Henderson said the station was running out of gas and would be closing soon.

A spokesperson with the Shell station at 5203 Dollarway Road reported that they had fuel as of early Monday evening but that they may run out before the next shipment arrives.

Some stations such as Hazel Street Exxon had no problem with supply, spokesmen said.