Hurricane Sandy Gas Shortage: Dry Pumps Could Last For Days
Industry habits could hamper efforts to respond to future gas shortages.
Even as local authorities seek to alleviate the shortages, they can’t fix the biggest obstacle separating thirsty vehicles from gasoline: power outages that keep gas stations from being able to pump the supplies on hand.”If everything goes well, by the weekend we could see some relief,” Ralph Bombardiere, head of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, said in a telephone interview. “But it won’t be normal until the end of next week.”And even when gas is plentiful again, the industry seems unlikely to take the kind of steps that could help keep another storm like Sandy from abruptly making gasoline scarce.”Once the gas starts to flow, well go back to the same old habits,” said Bombardiere.
Posted on November 3, 2012, in Automobiles, Cities, Climate Change, Coastal Cities, Community, Disasters, Downtown, Drainage, Economy, Energy, Environment, Flooding, Threat, Transportation and tagged gasoline, new york, pumps, scarcity. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.