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Insight: In Sandy crisis, motorists stranded at Big Oil's pumps

Reuters -- Superstorm Sandy left a trail of destruction and despair in the U.S. Northeast, but it also exposed a surprising fault line in the ability of gasoline stations to keep fuel flowing.

Motorists in New York and New Jersey, desperate for gas amid constrained supply and power outages, spent hours in snaking lines waiting for a chance to hit the pumps. But those who rushed to stations bearing the names of the world's biggest and best known oil companies were the least likely to find fuel.

It came down to one critical factor: the outlets of the oil majors are franchised, while those of the regional chains are company-run and benefited from the full resources of their corporate parents.


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Submitted Nov 09, 2012 By: NO_SWEAT
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:14:29 PM

One would think, ppl learned from the past?
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 1:45:09 AM

not much common sense going on
swede
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 4:53:12 AM

ok
benjy
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 12:39:03 AM

ouch.
bston
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 12:35:30 AM

Will be a long, slow recovery.
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 11:30:17 PM

what can you do with less gas to pump, nothing...
Zonk
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 11:25:17 PM

There is no quick solution to this situation.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 11:13:45 PM

NHLiveFree:
They simply have to drive north about 40 minutes and its simpler than waiting in line 2 or 3 hours.

I was thinking the same thing, just another reason to use the top half of your gas tank...
CDMAuto
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 11:07:35 PM

This is true
rahcat
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 11:07:17 PM

Not good
g747
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 11:04:24 PM

It'll get better as time passes by.Please be patient,we know what you guys are going through.
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 11:00:46 PM


Very true jrsva!!! Very sour grapes from extremely bad losers.
rf6480
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:59:34 PM

prayers for all those in the affected areas.
rjoeh
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:58:38 PM

With multi-hour lines... being stranded is not surprising for those low on fuel.
clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:58:09 PM

Looks like the Wawa management saw what was coming and took action. It paid off. Had more folks done the same things may have improved a bit quicker.

Pain to have such supply problems.
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:58:02 PM


They simply have to drive north about 40 minutes and its simpler than waiting in line 2 or 3 hours.
Dragnet
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:56:50 PM

They just don't learn. I don't pity them
dumba55
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:56:07 PM

just stay home and let those sucker wait in line
30mpg80
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:55:44 PM

Good time to take a week off from work (and commuting) and help with the cleanup.
livedream
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:55:01 PM

Wow!

"Mobil helps no one," said one Mobil station operator on Long Island, who asked not to be identified. "That's why they are the richest company in the world."

THAT IS REALLY SHAMEFULL! I hope after this disaster, people there and everywhere will remember this and buy their gas from OTHER gas stations -- and NOT FROM EXXON MOBIL!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:54:42 PM

Tough times.
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:54:02 PM

Bad news...
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:51:58 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:50:46 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:44:24 PM

Stay home
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:41:38 PM

Sucks
JCClark2012
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:39:22 PM

Bigger isn't always better
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:35:38 PM

shame....)-:
Shakleelady31
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:33:32 PM

What a horrible situation.
bojiway1
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:33:10 PM

Plan ahead, they had days to get ready
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:32:27 PM

The bigger they are the harder they fall. The tougher they talk the quicker they crawl.
AC-302
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:32:07 PM

HOw is "big oil" at fault here? And I'm not aware that the "indie" stations have their own refineries. They still by from local refineries. Not sure what this article is asserting.
brutherruther
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:28:46 PM

Ok
Spankster85
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:28:04 PM

Sounds like nobody was prepared.
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:27:51 PM

need to get it fixed
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:24:26 PM

just hope that the right lessons are learned from this tragedy....
mstearno
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:23:42 PM

because he doesn't have a clue how to do it

How can some peaple be dumb enough to vote for a community oraganizer

NOT ONCE BUT TWICE?
jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:20:58 PM

“Wonder why NoBama didn't step in and solve this crisis. . . ?”

Wayoung and the rest of the right-wingers in GB land: President Barack Obama won re-election by a significant margin. He is your president as well as mine and will be for the next 4 years. Now is the time to stop the childish, disparaging word games with his name and pay respect to the Office of the President, even if you do not like its current occupant. The time will come when someone you approve of will hold this office, at which time you will not appreciate this sort of trash talk.

walkingtall
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:19:11 PM

Sounds like consumers were not prepared.
saleboss
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:18:41 PM

Why would anyone sit in lines when a hurricane is coming?
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:16:48 PM

tbrr: good observations. prepared years ago, keep plenty in stock (ie fuel, food, and lead).

suzmar
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:16:04 PM

Sounds like the consumers weren't exactly prepared either. They did have a week's notice. I guess they expected Big Government to rescue them.
TBRR
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:10:47 PM

in florida when a hurricane is near, most of us stock pile gas for our generators a few days ahead so we are prepared. looks like new york sat on their hands and then cried help with no help coming from the government. even the FEMA office was closed due to the snow weather after sandy. and they re-elected obummer for four more years of the economy going further down the drain. oh well he can blame it all on bush. new yorkers acted like the folks in new orleans who didn't do anything to help themselves either. better read up on the situation in greece and spain as we are fast becoming the same when the government runs out of our money to fun all the free loaders. take all the welfare folks and put them to work helping cleaning up. also drug test them first to be hired.

PUSH WORK ETHIC, NOT RE-DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
Mustache_33
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isn't there any working gas stations in Hoboken or NJ City?
jdc17327
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:10:42 PM

great
Lukus
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:10:30 PM

The big oil companies should be ashamed that they didn't have brains enough to get generators for the stations carrying their names.
Rajah
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:08:54 PM

When the power is off, it's hard to pump gas.
DEG
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:07:03 PM

wayoung56 is so right!!!
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 10:02:07 PM

Wonder why NoBama didn't step in and solve this crisis like everything else??? Oh I forgot, he doesn't solve anything, just creates more bureaucracy to talk about the issue...
#12#_vabchusa
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 9:58:44 PM

Nothing new.
Blue48
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 9:57:32 PM

BUMMER!
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