About 24% of New York area stations without gasoline Tuesday: EIA
New York (Platts)--6Nov2012/457 pm EST/2157 GMT
Some 24% of retail gasoline stations in the New York metropolitan area
had no gasoline available for sale as of Tuesday due to supply disruptions
caused to by Hurricane Sandy, according to the US Energy Information
The figure is unchanged from Monday, down from about 27% on Sunday and
much less than the two-thirds of retail stations in the New York area that
had no gasoline for sale on Friday.
"Today's number includes stations that reported no gasoline available
and those we could not reach after numerous attempts, and consequently assume
that the station was closed," the EIA said on its website.
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Of the stations sampled, 76% had gasoline available for sale, unchanged
from Monday, while 17% had no gasoline supplies, down from 24% on Monday. The
EIA said 7% did not respond to attempts to contact them, up from 0% Monday.
"None reported they were not selling gasoline because they had no power," the
While the EIA's report reflects the New York metropolitan area, "the
composite numbers may not reflect the specific experience of more severely
affected areas like coastal New Jersey, Staten Island, and parts of Long
As reported on prior days, EIA was unable to contact a significant,
though declining portion of the stations surveyed, despite numerous attempts.
"In fact, there could be many reasons EIA was unable to contact these
stations, including the stations' being closed for lack of power or fuel, the
stations' being too busy to answer the telephone, and a failure of the
telephone system," the EIA said.
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