Everyone waiting for gasoline this morning in North Jersey is wishing that someone thought of this measure before Hurricane Sandy, Save Jerseyans.
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13, Monmouth) plans to pitch legislation mandating that gas stations have power generators on hand going forward:
We have people throughout my district, as well as, the State spending hours in line trying to get gas. Some of these lines are over mile in length and include people not only in cars but also with empty gas cans for their generators and power tools. This situation is not only adding to the economic devastation from the storm but is putting lives in danger as towns are forced to place their already stretched police at stations to handle physical altercations… [s]uch a measure should be included in any bipartisan post Sandy legislative effort.”
Keep in mind: the primary problem here isn’t supply (though some tanks were flooded). The media’s use of the word “shortage” is slightly misleading. Thousands of gallons are sitting idle below Garden State fuel stations.
The real problem we’re experiencing is caused by power outages at a large percentage of gas stations; there’s no way to get it out of the ground! Consequently, stations with power are overrun and running low.