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New Bill Would Require Gas Stations to Have Generators
Posted By Jon Campbell On November 3, 2012 @ 7:04 pm In Other | Comments Disabled
With Superstorm Sandy leaving motorists stuck with long waits for fuel in the lower Hudson Valley for the third day in a row, a new bill in Albany would require all gas stations to have backup power in case of a storm.
The bill, which is set to be introduced by Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, is modeled on a 2007 law passed in Florida , which requires all gas stations and wholesalers to have a generator that is capable of supplying at least 72 hours of power in case of an emergency.
“We need to face the reality that these 100-year storms are now occurring on a regular basis,” Carlucci said in a statement. “This legislation will provide a safeguard to our energy supply and will allow us to double-down our efforts to ensure that when disaster strikes, we can rebound to recovery.”
New York City and its suburbs have been dealing with a fuel shortage since Sandy hit Monday night, with the New York City port shut down for a period because of debris and dangerous conditions. Other stations were hit with power outages and didn’t have a backup plan, according to Carlucci’s office.
Here’s a rundown of what the bill would do, courtesy of Carlucci’s office:
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 a 2007 law passed in Florida: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0500-0599/0526/Sections/0526.143.html