Gas stations at risk of depleting supplies
Gas shortages closing in on tri-state area can impact SHU
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 18:11
It has been almost two weeks since Hurricane Sandy tore through the tri-state area. Regions that were hit particularly hard are still feeling the effects of the storm’s destruction.
Gas shortages in N.Y. and N.J. have become a major problem in the wake of the hurricane. Many gas stations are without gas or the electricity to pump it.
Sacred Heart University sophomore Stephen Finegan endured the storm and the gas shortage that followed at home with his family in Sparta, N.J.
“We got hit really hard in northwest New Jersey,” said Finegan. “My house had a tree come into it and is now officially condemned.”
As if the damage to his home was not enough, Finegan then had to deal with the gas shortage that plagued much of the state.
“I don’t think a shortage is going to happen [in Connecticut], I haven’t heard anything about it,” said freshman Joe Barbar.
Other students didn’t fare so well finding gas in different states.
“I personally had to wait for over an hour to get gas,” said Finegan.
He said people were generally frustrated while waiting in the long lines at the gas station. Throughout N.Y. and N.J., that frustration sometimes escalated out of control.
“The town next to mine actually had a riot at the local gas station due to people cutting the lines at the gas pump,” said Finegan.
The gas shortage problem has extended to Conn. due to the overwhelming demand of gas in the neighboring states. Hundreds of thousands of people in N.Y. and N. J. are still without power and need gas for generators and vehicles.
Many people have traveled to Connecticut for gas in order to avoid the long lines at pump stations and the uncertainty of fuel supply in their home states.
These out-of-state customers have already put a strain on the Conn. fuel supply and some people fear that this could potentially lead to a gas shortage.
There have been mixed feelings regarding the visiting drivers’ presence at Conn. gas stations. Some students view them as intruders taking precious gas, while others are more sympathetic.
“I don’t have a problem with them coming to Connecticut,” said Barbar. “It’s the only option they have left to get gas for their generators; we don’t really need gas for anything but our cars anymore.”
Most students are not concerned that Conn. is in danger of a gas shortage. Barbar realizes the problems a gas shortage could create, though.
“My sister is a commuter, and having no gas would make it hard for her, and commuters in general, to get to class,” said Barbar.
The influx of N.Y. and N.J. drivers does not seem to be enough to cause a gas shortage in Conn. - only a fraction of the people who are desperate for gas have crossed over the border.
“Connecticut was not an option around us because people could not get there with the little gas they had,” said Finegan.
N.Y. implemented a ration on gas on Friday, Nov 9. The rations are an effort to shrink lines at the pump, extend the gas supply, and avoid the disorder that has become commonplace at gas stations.
If the rations are effective, and gas distribution soon returns to a reasonable level of efficiency, Conn. residents should have nothing to worry about.