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Gas heads to storm area

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Posted: 6 am ET

More gasoline and diesel fuel are on their way to the Northeast to fuel cars and provide relief for motorists at the pump. President Barack Obama recently ordered the purchase of up to 12 million gallons of unleaded gasoline and up to 10 million gallons of diesel for the areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy to supplement private-sector efforts.

The Obama administration also has deployed generators to the area to assist with operating pumps at gas stations without power. On Sunday, it airlifted power-restoration vehicles and personnel from across California to the Northeast to help restore power to the area, with restoring power to gas stations among the top priorities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, also said that operations have resumed at two major refineries in New Jersey and Delaware, and six pipelines that service New Jersey, Pennsylvania and points north to Maine are now operating.

Is the government doing enough to aid the victims of Superstorm Sandy? What else can it do?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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