GOVERNOR CUOMO UPDATES NEW YORKERS ON PROGRESS TO ADDRESS GAS SHORTAGE
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that over 8 million gallons of gasoline and other petroleum products are on hand and over 28 million gallons are being delivered to operating New York terminals. In addition, millions of gallons have arrived in New York Harbor for delivery to terminals. The Governor provided other updates on progress that is underway to address the fuel shortage in the metro area.
While there remains a fuel shortage throughout the region as a result of Hurricane Sandy, actions to address the issue are being executed as planned, leading to more terminals being opened to barge deliveries and more petroleum products being transported throughout the metro area.
“The shortage of gasoline in the New York-metro area has caused major inconveniences for our residents, and the state must take every action possible to address this issue,” Governor Cuomo said. “Although there is much work to be done, I have directed the state to temporarily suspend gasoline distribution related requirements so gasoline and other fuels can be transported throughout the region and New Yorkers can return to life as normal as quickly as possible.”
The following is the current operational status of regional fuel terminal and delivery facilities:
Buckeye Pipeline: Power has been restored to the Linden, New Jersey hub, from which the Buckeye Pipeline can deliver up to 8.5 million gallons per day to New York terminals. The pipeline is operational. The Inwood, New York and Long Island City terminals that receive product from this pipeline are operational.
Colonial Pipeline: Working on generator power; Limited deliveries to Linden facility
Inwood - Global Terminal (gasoline and distillates): The facility is open and can accept barge and pipeline deliveries. It opened last night with approximately 1.7 million gallons unleaded; 350,000 gallons premium; 700,000 gallons of ULS diesel on site.
Inwood – CARBO (gasoline and distillates): The facility is open and can accept barge deliveries.
Northville Terminal at Port Jefferson (gasoline and distillates): Northville opened yesterday with 2.4 million gallons of diesel on site. A barge arrived at midnight this morning with 1 million gallons of gasoline. A barge from Hess Port Reading is expected to arrive today with 1 million gallons gasoline. Other scheduled deliveries include:
· November 4: 1.5 million gallons gasoline
· November 5: 1.5 million gallons gasoline
· November 6: 4 million gallons of gasoline and 5.3 million gallons of diesel
Glenwood Landing, Long Island (gasoline and distillates): Facility is open and can accept barge deliveries.
New York City
BP - Brooklyn (gasoline and distillates): Facility is open, and can accept barge and pipeline deliveries.
Hess Brooklyn Terminal (distillates): Facility is open and can accept barge and pipeline deliveries.
Hess Bronx Terminal (distillates): Facility is open and can accept barge deliveries.
Bayside - Shore Parkway (distillates): Facility is open and can accept barge deliveries.
Bayside - Smith Street (distillates): Facility is open and can accept barge deliveries.
Bayside - 12th Street (distillates): Facility is open and can accept barge deliveries.
Castle Oil, Bronx (distillates): The facility is open, and a barge carrying 2.5 million gallons is expected to arrive on Sunday or Monday.
Newburgh Global Terminal (gasoline and distillates): The terminal is open to barge deliveries, and a barge was there yesterday, unloading 2.7 million gallons and refueling trucks at same time.
The Governor has also implemented a series of actions designed to increase fuel supplies in the hurricane-affected areas.
Yesterday, the Governor signed an Executive Order to allow distributors and transporters to bring gasoline, diesel, and kerosene into the State of New York without having to meet the usual registration requirements. By law, transporters and distributors must be registered with the State Department of Taxation and Finance. The Governor’s Executive Order temporarily suspended those registration requirements.
In addition, the Governor today signed an Executive Order to temporarily ease restrictions on vapor pressure requirements for gasoline and waive the ultra-low sulfur diesel requirement for home-heating oil. At the Governor’s direction, the state has also obtained a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on vapor recovery requirements so gasoline can be transported from petroleum terminals without power to gas stations in hurricane-affected areas.