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CORRECTS CITY TO JERSEY CITY INSTEAD OF HOBOKEN - With the New York and Jersey City skylines at the distance, including One World Trade Center, people wrap around the corner of a gas station waiting to fill containers, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J. In parts of New York and New Jersey, drivers lined up Friday for hours at gas stations that were struggling to stay supplied. The power outages and flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy have forced many gas stations to close and disrupted the flow of fuel from refineries to those stations that are open.

Julio Cortez, Associated Press - Ap

Obama orders fuel to be sent to areas hit by Sandy

  • Associated Press
  • November 2, 2012 - 7:34 PM

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is ordering the purchase of up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel fuel for distribution in areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy to supplement private sector efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that President Barack Obama has directed the Defense Logistics Agency to handle the purchase of the fuel. It will be transported by tanker trucks and distributed throughout New York, New Jersey and other communities impacted by the storm.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said the fuel purchase is part of efforts by governments, private organizations and others to help the region recover from the weather disaster.

This purchase is in addition to an emergency diesel fuel loan from the Energy Department's Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve.

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