Over 75% of all filling stations in the city remain inoperable as a new storm system engulfs the region, limiting capabilities of the entire supply chain causing chaos at the pumps and elsewhere.
By Shepard Ambellas
November 8, 2012
NEW YORK CITY — I’m sure you have all heard by now that people on Craigslist are selling gas for over $8 a gallon, and are even offering sex or precious metals for it.
However, this is not a joke, nor is it funny as things have turned for the worse.
Now, 10 days after hurricane Sandy struck — residents and officials have become uneasy, as New York City has officially entered a Mad Max-like era that is inching towards martial law.
Hundreds of gas stations citywide remain without fuel with residents wits being put to the test in what some would say is the worst fuel and weather crisis in US history.
AAA Spokesman Michael Green said that even though power has been restored to many stations, the real issue lies with the distribution network.
“This week, it is shifting more to being a supply-system problem: getting gasoline from storage to distribution terminals to gas stations to the car you drive,” he said.
Nine out of 57 petroleum terminals impacted by the hurricane remain closed according to federal energy officials.
Of those nine, seven are located in New Jersey, one in Brooklyn and one on Long Island.
National Guard troops remain active in the region as more equipment is being brought in to combat the weather conditions.
Fuel supplies are now so limited that fears of martial law echo amongst residents as crime and violence are likely to increase in coming days if a solution to the gas crisis does not reveal itself.
Many businesses and employees have already been negatively affected by the crisis.
According to GasBuddy.com’s Fuel Shortage Tracker, things are looking pretty grim in and around New York City on the fuel front, not to mention the snow storm moving through now adding 200,000 more power outages to the region.
Currently over 20,000 NYC public housing residents still remain without power, raising questions about how people will stay warm.
Yahoo News reported, “Overall, about 700,000 people remain without electricity in the region, according to the latest estimate from FEMA. The nor’easter knocked out power to an additional 40,000 people Wednesday night.”
Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated today in an announcement to the press that this storm will likely cost the state of New York over $33 billion.
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