Most Chapel Hill stations are still charging around $1.40 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel.
But rumors have circulated about prices as high as $5 per gallon in some parts of the country in response to the possibility of tightening supplies in the Middle East. "I've seen on the news where prices have hit close to $5 in Mississippi and Kansas," said Brooks Rollins, a UNC sophomore.
David Walker, owner of Walker B.P. on East Franklin Street, said he ordered an extra supply of gas as soon as he heard of the events in New York and Washington, D.C. "I have heard that some of the independents could not get gas for a day or so after this happened, but it's just an ordinary day as far as we can tell around here," he said.