Superstorm Sandy: The Long Road Back: Keeping the Fuel Flowing
Just days after Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, lines at gas stations were long and tempers were very short. Between no power at the pump and some stations not getting deliveries due to a closed New York harbor, finding gas without waiting a while became almost impossible for drivers. Now, steps are being taken to try and prevent another gas crisis and keep the fuel flowing. But are they enough? In part three of News 12's Superstorm Sandy: The Long Road Back, Drew Scott takes a look at the measures that were put in place to help.
Another reason for the gas shortage, some say, was due to some gas depots sustaining storm damage. Critics feel the Island is still vulnerable when it comes to fuel. They say the repairs at the gas depot in Inwood, which was taken out of commission due to Sandy damage, are not adequate enough. The operator of the plant insists it "has made significant storm resistant improvements." However, a recent Federal Energy Department report found that only one of 57 fuel depots in the path of Sandy have taken steps to prevent future damage.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says the state will immediately impose an odd-even rationing system for gas should another Sandy-like storm hit the Island. In addition, more than 500 gas stations have been designated "critical facilities," which, according to officials, means they will get top priority as utility crews work to restore power.
Another step to prevent a shortage of fuel is transfer switches at gas stations. Officials say the switches allow gas station managers to quickly plug in a generator to keep the gas flowing. The state Legislature passed a law that requires the switches at 300 Long Island stations within a half-mile of evacuation routes, parkways and expressways.