Suffolk gas stations need new tanks by Jan. 1

Suffolk gas stations must get some costly work done by the new year.

The Suffolk County Health Department requires new double wall tanks in the ground at all stations by Jan. 1, in an effort to protect underground drinking water. The work can take anywhere from eight to 12 weeks and cost as much as $500,000.

Many gas retailers told News 12 Long Island they fear the work could drive mom and pop operations out of business. Motorists fear closures could drive up gas prices or create artificial shortages.

The health department is allowing extensions to a few stations who have submitted paperwork and blueprints. Extensions will not be granted to owners who haven't filed plans before the Dec. 31 deadline.

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