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Gasoline situation in NYC shocking, still a problem

GasBuddy Blog -- Sandy is long gone. Many would have expected that any lingering gasoline availability issues that had been a problem to be long gone by now. Quite the opposite in fact. I traveled to New York City this week to assist where possible with local and federal officials who were seeking any assistance from our organization and what I saw was shocking.

Gasoline stations still had long lines, even today, as rationing takes hold. Perhaps most stunning, is that numbers we compiled today utilizing the data from our spotters is that three out of four gas stations in the NYC area remain without gasoline to sell. Just 24% of gas stations today in the five boroughs had gasoline available- well over a week after Sandy had dissipated. Truly stunning...


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Submitted Nov 09, 2012 By: PD
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:05:30 PM

Why is this still a problem?
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:11:55 PM

Prices should have floated up to relieve the shortage and then come down.
But if prices were held the same for two months, then I could see the problem persisting through today.
rjhenn
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 1:35:28 AM

You do realize this news is almost 2 months old???
Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 7:53:12 PM

Why is this happening, isn't FEMA and this Administration doing their job.
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 7:37:40 PM

Regime should be held accountable.
Robert44
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 7:37:35 PM

Regime should be held accountable.
Robert44
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 7:37:30 PM

Regime should be held accountable.
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 10:58:49 AM

And what were the gas prices before, during and afterwards?
indyjim
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 9:32:58 AM

Gas is available..............at a price.
carolfitz4438
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:32:44 PM

Yikes
Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 9:43:32 PM

Oh my.
sarasotasingle
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 1:58:34 PM

Too Many people are still dealing with the effects
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:40:42 AM

what a mess
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 11:43:11 PM

shows how fragile our energy sytem is and how vulnerable we are
mfgendron
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 10:52:56 AM

This does not sound good for NYC.
99dakota
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 6:05:16 AM

This story is not being given the coverage it deserves... Lots of people are still suffering.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:27:37 AM

Article is a month old folks.
mabrams184
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:22:59 PM

Too much red tape to get things done quickly. Maybe if it was still on the national new things would get better quicker
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:39:10 AM

It's all going to take some time to rebuild.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:20:30 PM

Well it's always been way higher in NYC anyway.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:43:49 PM

What a shame, I pray these people get resolution. They have been through enough already!
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 12:45:02 PM

If the price would go up to reflect the shortage, then more oil companies would move more gas to the region. With prices set at the same level there is no incentive for companies to work these areas. Raise the prices for a short period and gas should come rapidly to the area. Then prices will settle out. Let free market work.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 3:05:47 PM

Can you really be shocked by anything that happens in NYC?
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:28:41 PM

It would be wise to top off your tank before driving into the city. Also, I have heard that many gas station tanks were flooded with water and will have to be "dried" out before they can function again. That is tougher than meets the eye.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:36:07 AM

SAD BUT TRUE. THIS IS STILL THE US OF A ISN'T IT.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:02:47 AM

"sad that the US can't get power to these people any sooner. At least it's not weeks like w/ Katrina."
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It HAS been weeks.

By the way, hurricanes like Katrina, Rita and Ike were vastly more powerful than Sandy. Just imagine how bad it would be if anther Cat 3 storm hit as on did in 1938.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 5:00:17 AM

I appreciate the various elements contributing to the situation, but I can't understand why the stations that have fuel in their storage tanks haven't made a mad rush for generators to get the gas out. Surely with the crunch still on any cost to invest in a generator would be compensated for the increase in price they'd be able to levy based on competition and relative scarcity.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 4:43:13 PM

It's not as simple as you think. Lot of those stations are flooded. I mean flooded. Water in their gas tanks. Has to be dealt with and it takes time and time is something we don't allow in our instant gratification society. Everybody settle down.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 4:37:01 PM

Question is, has NYC learned from the experience?
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 5:42:53 PM

Glad its not happening here in Florida.
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 12:06:43 AM

That was really thoughtful of gasbuddy to put together a gas availability tracker for the victims of Sandy. Time to get fuel trucks headed east!
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:39:18 AM

sad that the US can't get power to these people any sooner. At least it's not weeks like w/ Katrina.
CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:17:30 PM

I wonder how much Sandy helped Obama, and a lot of those people are still without power
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 1:21:22 PM

tough situation. reminds me of 1973
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:49:06 AM

as long as gas stations are not required to have backup generators, we will see this again and again.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:53:49 AM

I hope the oil companies don't use this as their latest excuse to raise prices again.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 3:28:51 PM

This isn't getting better very quickly, is it? The google gas map of the area is ugly.
DSL987
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:05:29 PM

This is easy to solve for the future, and other hurricane prone areas should take note. Large gas stations, say with over 6 islands will be deemed "critical infrastructure" and willbe mandated to have onsite generators. Some of the expense can be offset with tax rebates/credits.
Same with terminal distribution centers, these will aslo be mandated as critical infrastructure and will either need to have onsite generation or the ability to gravity load (ie: no power) 18 wheelers directly from storage tanks, as all you need is a 2" truck connetion from the tank to the truck.

These problems are not hard to overcome, it just needs a bit of thiking ahead, and the Gulf Coast should start planning now.
tomok
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:40:40 AM

Gasoline situation in NYC shocking, still a problem and what can happen next? The federal government, NY, NYC and NJ knew this strong storm was coming. With tropical storms and hurricanes, the southern states have more experience with them then anybody else. Gain knowledge about what to look out for, what to have ready and what do by asking those states. This same thing will happen in this area again, just do not know when.
The electrical power with come on, given enough time, but NYC and the surrounding areas is large and it will take time to get it back ON. Make Big Oil deliver more fuel to the affected areas (NYC, NJ, etc.) and stop selling it on the world market for higher profits. There is a real need for fuel now! This oil and fuel belongs to the US and NOT only for Big Oil!
Everyone affected needs to realize that the government is there to assist you, not to make it all warm and fuzzy. Do what is required to make 'your' situation better.
Just another cog in the wheel to bring down the US by whatever means available. This is the makings of a TV disaster movie starring 'BH0.'
spiderjay
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:01:12 AM

old old
40mpgsaturn
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:52:51 AM

Still a mess!
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:35:49 AM

Apparently there isn't any new news
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:28:33 AM

ok
mattymattmatt
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:25:40 AM

Don't worry though. The Red Cross said that their efforts have been near flawless, so in reality, it's actually all good. These are just extreme situations no one wants to hear about.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:23:31 AM

I am suprised Big Oil isn't taking advantage of this.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:20:48 AM

Relief would be there if the general election had ended differently.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:20:33 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:19:54 AM

wildddkattt80, you've obviously never encountered such a major storm.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:19:00 AM

now three days old.

PUSH WORK ETHIC, NOT REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:17:51 AM

Like Katrina where is "W"? Has to be his fault.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:17:27 AM

ok.
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