Nov 3, 2012
The Obama administration accelerated its response to the fuel problem in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy Friday, and has authorized the Pentagon to deliver 24 million gallons of extra fuel to replenish supply, according to the New York Times.
[The Obama administration] authorized the Defense Department to hire hundreds of trucks that will be used to deliver 12 million gallons each of gasoline and diesel fuel to staging areas in New Jersey. The fuel, mostly from commercial suppliers, will then be distributed throughout the region in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help resupply stations. That would translate into 800,000 vehicles with 15-gallon tanks.
The Defense Logistics Agency is handling the fuel purchases and deliveries. It has contracting capacity that it is using to carry out the mission quickly.
In conjunction with that move, the Pentagon was authorized by the Department of Energy and the White House to tap the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve. The federal authorities will draw down as much as 2 million gallons of diesel fuel to provide extra supplies to government emergency responders, helping them to keep electricity generators, water pumps, federal buildings, trucks and other vehicles running. The oil reserve, created by the federal government in 2000, holds 42 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel at terminals in Groton, Conn., and Revere, Mass. It is the first time fuel has been released from the reserve.
This article was posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:35 am