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Governor Cuomo: Require gas stations to have generators


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Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation that would require approximately half the gas stations in the state to have a backup generator for use during a fuel supply or energy emergency.

“New York State must learn the lessons from superstorm Sandy so that we are better prepared for the future,” said Cuomo. “This plan will prevent the long lines, delays and frustrations caused by gas stations being forced to close when they lose power.”

Under the governor’s proposal, all gas stations within a half-mile of highway exits and hurricane evacuation routes as well as any newly constructed gas stations or ones that have had major renovations would need to comply to the requirements by March 1, 2014.

Additionally, chains with 10 or more gas stations under common ownership in any region of the state would also need to have an additional 50 percent of their stations pre-wired for a generator by March 1, 2016. In the case of a power outage, those stations would have 48 hours to install and deploy a generator in a fuel or energy emergency.

If a station fails to adhere to the new law, they will face a penalty of up to $2,000 per day.

Calls to several Queens gas stations revealed that most do not have generators and are not planning on getting one. When asked why they didn’t have one, most stations cited cost concerns or lack of necessity as reasons.

Cuomo’s proposed legislation includes grants of up to $10,000 per gas station to help ease the financial burden of installing generators, but the governor’s proposal doesn’t address other obstacles stations faced during Sandy.
Joe Yun, an employee at a Citgo station on 35th Avenue and Bell Boulevard, which suffered long lines and fuel shortages during Sandy, said that a backup generator wouldn’t have helped them in that situation.

The station had no power problems, and ran out of fuel when another issue disrupted the station’s regular fuel delivery schedule.

“[The refineries] got flooded,” explained Yun. “We couldn’t get gas here.”

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Gas rationing to continue until Friday in NYC


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The odd-even fuel rationing system that was put in place to ease long lines at gas stations following Superstorm Sandy, has been extended until Friday, November 23, Mayor Bloomberg announced Sunday.

The emergency order, which took effect on November 9, mandates that vehicles with license plate numbers ending in an odd number can only fill up on odd numbered days and those with even ones can only get gas on even numbered days, helped shorten station wait times.

Though Long Island and New Jersey have ended their gas rationing, with Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time of the year, this week, and about a third of the city’s gas stations still not operating, Bloomberg decided to continue rationing in the city.

“The odd-even license plate system has worked well and helped to reduce wait times and lines at the pump,” he said. “With 30 percent of gas stations still closed and a major travel week coming, I am extending the successful odd-even system on gas and diesel fuel purchases to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented.”

In need of gas, drivers turn online to find fuel


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Desperate to find fuel following Sandy, drivers are turning to online sources, such as Twitter, Craigslist and other websites to get gas.

Driving around or travelling far distances aren’t an option as a car’s gas gauge moves closer to empty, so to better pinpoint where to go to fill up, people are crowdsourcing, Reuters reported.

Popular hashtags to find gas on Twitter include #njgas, #nygas, #nycgas and #brooklyngas, and handles, such as @njgas  and @GasBuddy, according to Reuters.

In addition to being on Twitter, Gas Buddy, a website to find local gas prices, has a special Sandy fuel shortage tracker, where you can search for stations and help others by reporting station information. Gas Buddy also has a smartphone app.

Those that are even more desperate for gas can check out Craigslist.

Though people have been selling and trading items on the website for years, since the fuel shortage, some are hocking gas at up to $30 a gallon, according to the Huffington Post, and those prices could go up the longer the shortage continues.

How are you finding places to fill up your gas during the Sandy fuel shortage?