Skip to comments.Department of Defense setting up free, emergency gas stations in NYC metro area
Posted on 11/03/2012 9:41:03 AM PDT by jimbo123
Gov. Cuomo says the Department of Defense will set up emergency mobile fuel stations at five locations around the New York City metro area.
Free gasoline will be distributed, with a 10-gallon per-person limit, Cuomo announced at a briefing today.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
“Eight million people. Five fueling points. Free gas. What could possibly go wrong?”
You’d be surprised how many of those people (at least in Manhattan & Brooklyn) don’t drive cars.
I read that gasoline was being sold on Craigslist for $15 a gallon.
I sure wouldn’t want to put gasoline that a purchased from a scalper into my car.
Even if only ten percent of them drive, that’s 800,000 people trying to jump on five fueling points. And that doesn’t even count generators. Ten gallons will get you two days of minimal generator use to keep the fridge and freezers cold.
“If I owned a gas station I would be upset. Might as wwell just close my station while the government competes aganst me, because I can sell the gas I have.”
A valid point, but here in northern NJ gas stations are limiting their hours because their workers are exhausted (when their supplies aren’t). Waited 4 hours at a 7-11 yesterday morning for them to start pumping at 10 am; they were open, but couldn’t staff the pumps.
Your hurricanes didn't hit a week before a presidential elections. You really need to work on scheduling those better.
How far inland did the surge reach? The surge was the biggest problem.
“Hey, it rained here in Eastern NC and we got 40-50 mph winds, and my RV got wet. Where can I get my free gas?”
Very funny, but this is a disaster that dwarfs Katrina (in terms of the number and DENSITY of the people involved). I don’t think they should give the gas away (either sell at market price or extend credit if necessary so people don’t die without it), but this area has never seen something on this scale. Resolution is months away, since the mass transit system is still flooded and scattered power outages will take weeks to address. The 9/11 recovery to get things “back to normal” took weeks, and that was an area that was probably less than a square mile; this spans several states.
You don’t have a link do you to this story?
The problem with gas availability is power and movement. Power to run the pumps and movement to get the gas to stations.
Oh God please no more NY or NJ people here in North Carolina....
Oh you are doing fine without me. Knock yourself out.
[Movie reference alert]
Snake Pliskin, please answer the red courtesy phone.
The hits just keep on coming...
Temps will be dropping into the 30s in NYC this weekend. Refrigeration will be among the least of their worries.
We had a situation a few years ago in a neighboring town where police were dealing with several disabled vehicles on a roadway, and realized that they’d all just gassed up at a non-branded gas station nearby (along the Passaic River). The owner maintained that a fuel truck driver must have left the caps off the underground tanks during a rainstorm, contaminating the gas; in any case, he was forced to fix the cars (I believe there were 10 in total; they were fixed at a garage the same man owned in my town).
Anyway, a few hours later, police are called to the same neighborhood by neighbors who are smelling gasoline fumes. The same owner had run a hose down to the river and was draining his underground tanks directly into it! He was heavily fined for it; absolutely Third World...
The DOD was ‘loaned gasoline’ by the Dept of Energy. It’s now being given away. Who’s budget gets hit? I’m betting the Military comes up with the short straw. But they don’t need it - they are being downsized. Vote out Obama NOW.
Right now, its the ability to get gasoline to the stations because the refineries are still cleaning up the mess and some of the docks are under water.
A freeper merchant mariner posted a link to his blog with pictures of his ship tied up to a dock that is totally underwater.
Residential clean up is going to be a lot slower because of the loss of infrastructure. What gets me is that life is going on as usual in the parts of New York city that were not hit by the surge.
Giving away the gasoline is just a photo op for Obama, a way to get those Carter-like pictures off the front pages of the newspapers because, like someone else pointed out, a lot of the people in NY don’t own cars.
I’m waiting here, with bated breath, for the imminent urgent reports from Geraldo Rivera and/or Shep Smith about hordes of people at Yankee Stadium eating each other in desperation.
It won't happen. The food at Yankee Stadium isn't fit for human consumption ;-)
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