The closure of refineries and offshore oil platforms as well as oil pipeline failures in the Gulf Coast region of the United States are affecting fuel availability at Army and Air Force Exchange Service gas stations in the United States, AAFES said in a Wednesday press release.

But such shortages in the United States should not affect overseas patrons.

“What is dispensed in Europe and the Pacific is purchased in Europe and the Pacific,” said AAFES spokesman Judd Anstey in a phone interview with Stripes.

Citing the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina, AAFES said there have been sporadic gas shortages at stations in the southern and eastern parts of the United States.

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