U.S. Military to Deliver Fuel to New York Region

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Jameel Brown walks away from a pump after filling up a container at a gas station in Newark, N.J., Nov. 2, 2012.

Amid tense reactions to long lines and closures at metropolitan New York gas stations, federal authorities decided to request that the Defense Department deliver 24 million gallons of extra fuel to the area and lift restrictions on deliveries from foreign ships, the New York Times reported. The fuel shortage has been one of the most pronounced consequences of Superstorm Sandy.

The Defense Department will hire hundreds of trucks to deliver 12 million gallons each of gasoline and diesel fuel from commercial suppliers to staging areas in New Jersey. A delivery of that size would fill about 800,000 vehicles with 15-gallon tanks, estimates the New York Times.

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New York reopened its port to tankers on Thursday and a crucial Northeast fuel pipeline was brought back to full capacity on Friday. Now, the biggest obstacles are lack of power at hundreds of New York-area gas stations and continued public buying, according to industry officials. Multiple refineries in the New York region are also still out of service.

Diana Weir, campaign manager for New York Congressional district 1′s Republican candidate Randy Altschuler, stated that the fuel shortage has been problematic for drivers and for local Congressional campaigns. “There’s a major gasoline crisis, a lot of stations are out of commission because of power, so they can’t pump their gas,” she said Thursday. “Others have huge lines of people trying to get gas. We’ve had to revert to walking campaigning as opposed to driving to connect with the community as a result.”

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As of Friday, according to AAA, only about 40 to 50 percent of New York City and New Jersey gas stations were operating. Even fewer were functional on Long Island, mostly due to power failures.The Pentagon was also authorized by the Department of Energy and the White House to tap the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve on Friday.
Gas prices have remained stable throughout this, and the deliveries should help restore status quo.“Our best guess is that things will be close to normal for consumers by Wednesday,” Brian Norris of the Oil Price Information Service told the New York Times.
10 comments
WyattJ.Larew
WyattJ.Larew

The Military is now doing the work of FEMA huh? What about the National Guard? Why is the Military doing anything here? This is the first step to a military rule of the United States. 2011 NDAA was signed less than a year later the Military is doing the jobs of the government agencies that have billions in funding every year. 2011 was the official military coup of the US.

ArnoldGlassman
ArnoldGlassman

Incomplete and very misleading. 3 Steps were taken: 1. Immediate release of Diesel Fuel for first responders and all those heavy duty electrical generators - 48,000 gallons. 2. Defense Logistics Agency to purchase up to 380,000 barrels of unleaded gasoline and 317,000 barrels of diesel for immediate distribution to storm-stricken areas (22 Million is the maximum limit). 3. Department of Homeland Security waived the Jones Act, a law that normally prohibits foreign-flagged vessels from shipping gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products, from the Gulf of Mexico to Northeastern ports. The waiver, effective immediately, requires shipments to leave the Gulf region by Nov. 13 and arrive in the Northeast within a week. With my thanks to another news agency.

BobbyJohnson
BobbyJohnson

Let's hope the winter is mild, because it will take a very long time, years, before NJ rebuilds. If you've visited the Gulf coast now seven years after Katrina you know what I mean.

0pie
0pie

How about mandating that every gas station has a permanent generator or manual pump installed?

RedMurray
RedMurray

Is anybody out there ready for the Smart Electric Grid yet?

romerjt
romerjt

A 5 axle tanker holds 9000 gal therefore it would take 2666 truck loads to deliver 24,000,000 gal of gas that way. 

RugeirnDrienborough
RugeirnDrienborough

Are we really so circumspect in our reporting that we feel that we just have to take another paper's word for it that 12 million divided by 15 is 800,000? Or did we just have such a hard time back in third grade that arithmetic is something we just can't face?