Fuel supplies in New York and New Jersey are slowly returning to normal after Hurricane Sandy, and officials are continuing to take action to reduce shortages that still remain in some areas. In New York City and Long Island, authorities announced gas rationing systems that started on Nov. 9.
To alleviate shortages that remain in some parts of New York, the Federal Emergency Management Administration launched an emergency fuel program and will deliver loads of motor fuel to gas stations and convenience stores unable to obtain product from their normal source of supply.
Last week, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created an Interstate Petroleum Transport Team to streamline state regulations and ensure the fastest and most efficient movement of fuel.
The team serves as a single point of contact for states, the trucking industry, and other agencies to assist in the removal of barriers to the quick delivery of fuel. Since many of the necessary legal authorities reside at the state level, such as restrictions on truck size and weight and the authority to travel across state lines, the team is coordinating state level activities within the region. The team launched a hotline number to help address any individual registration, certification, tax, or other barriers to the flow of fuel transportation to affected states. The hotline number is 1-800-832-5660.
New York City has also temporarily lifted ultra-low-sulfur requirements for heating oil to help increase the fuel supply. The waivers are in effect through Dec. 7.
In New Jersey, the EPA waiver allowing limited use of diesel fuel higher than 15-ppm for both highway and non-highway uses remains in effect until Nov. 20.
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