Relief For Empty Gasoline Pumps On The Way

Gasoline pumps that have sat idle since Hurricane Ivan hit were once again flowing on Sunday.

As of noon Sunday, Chevron in Pascagoula reopened its Marketing Terminal.

For the first time since Tuesday workers were allowed to fill their trucks and transport the gas to filling stations.

About 500,000 gallons were sent out to more than 60 businesses in Jackson, Harrison, and Mobile counties.

Company officials say they realize the lack of gas has caused headaches for drivers.

"We're sorry for the inconvenience. We know that there has been inconvenience. There have been some stations that have been out of gasoline but we were very determined to restart this safely and to do it with the greatest of care so that we didn't get anybody hurt and have any incidents of any kind," says Chevron spokesman Steve Renfroe.

Gas was running low as a result of evacuees filling up before leaving the area.

Workers also resumed deliveries of jet fuel on Sunday afternoon.

Chevron also provides gasoline and diesel for several other companies including Exxon and British Petroleum.

Chevron's refinery has not yet reopened. Company officials say they're not sure when operations will resume there.