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Serious Post-Sandy Gas Shortage on Long Island

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Long Islanders have been slammed with another crisis following Hurricane Sandy, a serious gas shortage.

It may be days still before gas deliveries can be made to the Long Island gas stations that currently have power following Hurricane Sandy.  

According to Long Island Business News, the island’s major gasoline terminals in Lawrence, Inwood and Glenwood Landing are all without power, cutting off the supply for tanker trucks to make deliveries.  The last major terminal in Holtsville has been exhausted of its supplies with the exception of diesel and heating oil.
 
Suffolk County legislator Tom Cilmi says restoring power to the gasoline terminals should be a top priority for LIPA.  “Gasoline is the lifeblood of our economy, particularly in Suffolk. With many gasoline stations out of service and those with power running out of gasoline, things could come to a grinding halt here very quickly,” Cilmi said in a statement.
 
To be sure, the lines at the pumps in some cases have exceeding a mile in length, and some Long Islanders have reported waiting several hours to fill up.  
 
Finding an open gas station with a supply has been an added stress to recovering from Sandy’s devastation.  LongIslandGasPrices.com continues to post updates on the island’s cheapest and most expensive stations.
 
Suffolk County is now restricting the amount of gas residents can buy.  Gas station operators have been advised to only allow customers to fill up one gas tank, and 10 extra gallons for those whose homes are still without power.  Residents have been asked to restrict their gas consumption and stay close to home through the weekend.  
 
Until 11:59 p.m. Friday, the MTA will be providing free services which may help mitigate the current gas prices.  
 
Check our Post-Hurricane Guide for helpful resources in dealing with Sandy's aftermath.
 
 
 
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6 comments

Mike Nov 03rd, 2012 08:35 AM

What is wrong with the administrators on this island? They are either stupid or indifferent. Tom Cilmi is obviously useless. I hope long islanders remember this time at the polls -

debbie Nov 03rd, 2012 08:46 PM

The glenwood landing terminal has power and never lost it. Two tankers were at the mouth of Hempstead harbor after the storm  but never came in to the terminal

spike sean Nov 03rd, 2012 09:10 PM

I am a long time resident of Glen Cove, I stood on line today at the local Hess Station for almost 4 hrs to fill the predetermined limit of 10 gallons. As we were standing on line the Hess attendant advised us that the Glen Cove Police department had come in early in the AM and advised him they were taking over control of the gas station, which given the current situation didn't seem like a bad idea to avert violence.
They then reserved one of the Pumps for local police and fire department(as an express lane), still a good idea, I understand our 1st responders take priority.
Here was the problem: as many people stood on line in the cold with their gas cans for their 10 gallon limit, many of whom were turned away because the gas ran out before scheduled, we continued to see the same city officials bringing in multiple cars to fill in this "designated line", some of whom were obviously friends of police and firemen, and were not driving official vehicles, filling as many gas cans as they could fit into their cars. 
Again although I and many of the local residents here have no issue with the City officials taking priority, being there is a high demand and short supply of gas in our recently devastated area, this seems to be an issue which should be brought to light. Fair is fair, we are all just trying to do the best we can to get through this incredibly unexpected ordeal. 
Maybe if this issue was brought to light by our local media, the abuse of authority would cease. 
 

spike sean Nov 03rd, 2012 09:11 PM

I am a long time resident of Glen Cove, I stood on line today at the local Hess Station for almost 4 hrs to fill the predetermined limit of 10 gallons. As we were standing on line the Hess attendant advised us that the Glen Cove Police department had come in early in the AM and advised him they were taking over control of the gas station, which given the current situation didn't seem like a bad idea to avert violence.
They then reserved one of the Pumps for local police and fire department(as an express lane), still a good idea, I understand our 1st responders take priority.
Here was the problem: as many people stood on line in the cold with their gas cans for their 10 gallon limit, many of whom were turned away because the gas ran out before scheduled, we continued to see the same city officials bringing in multiple cars to fill in this "designated line", some of whom were obviously friends of police and firemen, and were not driving official vehicles, filling as many gas cans as they could fit into their cars. 
Again although I and many of the local residents here have no issue with the City officials taking priority, being there is a high demand and short supply of gas in our recently devastated area, this seems to be an issue which should be brought to light. Fair is fair, we are all just trying to do the best we can to get through this incredibly unexpected ordeal. 
Maybe if this issue was brought to light by our local media, the abuse of authority would cease. 
 

LI Girl Nov 04th, 2012 02:54 PM

I refuse to waste my precious gas to sit on a 3 to 4 hour line at a station that might get a delivery.  I am not traveling 20 minutes on the chance of getting gas.  It is the same 2 stations in my area that are getting gas with mile long lines.  I see no improvement.  I teach and travel 20 miles each way. If I'm called back to work I might be able to get to work 2 days.  For all the things the county and state officials say it seems like nothing has been done.  It's time for them to sit on a gas line or worry if they are going to make it into work!

Rich Nov 06th, 2012 05:09 PM

There should be less workers standing around their trucks and more working to get all of the Depots working.  We are 6 days Post Tropical Storm--not Hurricane here--Irene either--and get gas to the people.  mangano and Bellone are showing just how useless they and their staff are at times like this.  Don't be surprised at police and Fire beating the "system".  Always been that way.  No excuse for LIPA to not have 50 people at EVERY Pumping station.  

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