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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt May 4, 2014
WASHINGTON---The US government
will create a million-barrel gasoline
reserve in the Northeast, a reaction to
the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
in 2012 when motorists were left with-
out fuel, exposing vulnerabilities in
the US fuel distribution network.
The US Energy Department said on
Friday that two sites will each store
500,000 barrels of gasoline by late sum-
mer, one near New York Harbor and
one in the New England region. It said
the US$200 million emergency reserve
would complement an existing heating
oil stockpile, which holds a million bar-
rels of diesel fuel.
The department will lease space from
commercial storage companies for the
emergency stockpile, but it will have to
buy the gasoline because it does not
currently have reserves of the fuel.
"This is part of a broader commit-
ment to a more secure and resilient
energy infrastructure," said Energy Sec-
retary Ernest Moniz on a conference
With the Northeast consuming more
than a million barrels of gasoline a day,
the reserve would be aimed at providing
some short term relief for consumers
and first responders after major disas-
Refiners complained they were left
out of the decision to create the new
"Since the decision ...was made with
no input from the industry, we question
whether due consideration was given
to how the gasoline reserve will be filled,
managed, and dispersed," said American
Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers
President Charles Drevna.
The group urged the department to
consult with the industry as it estab-
lishes the stockpile to prevent "unin-
Sandy battered the Northeastern coast
at the end of October 2012, destroying
homes and buildings, closing refineries
and disrupting gasoline supplies.
The storm prompted the adminis-
tration to tap the heating oil reserve for
the first time since it was established
But with power lines down and more
than 40 terminals in New York Harbor
closed due to water damage, getting
gasoline to consumers was also an issue.
One issue the reserve will not be able
to address is how to overcome the elec-
tricity outages such as those caused by
Sandy that shuttered gas stations.
"It s a bit like treating the symptom
when the primary problem was not a
shortage of supply but a lack of (electric)
power to move the product," said
Michael Hiley, head of energy trading
at LPS Partners Inc.
The Energy Information Adminis-
tration estimated in the days after the
storm that as many as 67 per cent of
the gas stations in the New York met-
ropolitan area were not open, either
because they had no power for their
pumps or had not been able to take
delivery of fuel.
Lawmakers pressed the Obama
administration to ensure the fuel crunch
would not be repeated.
Senator Charles Schumer, of New
York, said scarce gasoline supplies cre-
ated panic after Sandy hit, as people
waited hours in line for fuel at the sta-
tions that were operating.
"This was adding salt into the
wounds," said Schumer, who pressed
for a regional reserve after the storm.
Energy Secretary Moniz and Schumer
acknowledged that the reserve was only
one part of the solution to preventing
fuel disruptions. New York and New
Jersey have looked at equipping gas
stations with backup generators that
would be able to operate after a natural
The idea of an emergency reserve
for gasoline and other products had
been floated in the past. After Hurricane
Katrina in 2005, the US considered
stockpiling oil products, although that
plan eventually fell by the wayside.
US to build
New Yorkers smarting
Sandy some hope
Friday that they won't
see a repeat of
announcing plans to
create gas reserves to
ease future weather-
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