Sandy's Gas Shortage Fuels Panic, Tempers
NYC cab companies have to ground fuel-less fleets
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 2:15 PM CDT
People line up to fill gas containers at the New Jersey Turnpike's Thomas A. Edison service area Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – Some gas stations in New York and New Jersey are still without power, while others have gone dry, prompting panic among residents looking to fuel their cars and backup generators until things return to normal, reports Reuters. At least half of all service stations in NYC can't sell gas, and that figure could rise to 75%, says one expert. Some taxi companies have been forced to pull fleets off the road as a result.

In Jersey, tempers are running high at the few stations that are in service. One analyst says even people who don't plan to drive "still panic and go and fill up the tank—it exacerbates the problem," reports Newsday. Police responded to eight separate scuffles at gas stations in the town of Bloomfield alone, reports NJ.com.

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reallybig
Nov 2, 2012 7:28 AM CDT
The PHOTO OPT is over .. after 2 days the HONEYMOON is over . and now REALITY is setting in... WHAT? ... Where is all this "federal" aid and help that Obama promised? ....... Obama "promised" he is there, and will continue to be there, till the "job" is done....... WHERE is Obama "now" when the Sandy hurricane victims need him, now? ........ Obama did his photo opt and speech, and did the thing he's famous for .. he TALKED and PROMISED........ But, like Obama did after he became President, he "fails" to follow through....... Like the news media blamed Bush for Katrina, WHERE the hell is Obama, the incompetent? ... TRUTHFULLY ... What more did Obama do after Sandy hit, than Bush did after Katrina hit? ....... They both "promised" help from the federal government...... THAT'S ALL
MichaelBenesch
Nov 2, 2012 6:20 AM CDT
It's ALL Obama's fault-----VOTE MittBAIN the (r)ich guy!!!!
myflap.blow
Nov 2, 2012 12:19 AM CDT
we should be mad because the clouds reduced power output, but instead we're still clambering to the pump to slosh some more primitive liquid into our tanks ONLY to continue making rich the same economy-wrecking record-profit-sucking government-bedded subsidy-bloated off-shore-hiding tax-evading gulf-polluting climate-denier traitors this country has ever been raped by. (well, apart from bankers and the military complex)