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Nov 1, 2012 4:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: FEMA Gas Relief Arrives In Hampton Bays

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Nov 6, 2012 12:07 PM

UPDATE, Monday 4:46 p.m.

The Shell station on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays was giving away 10 free gallons of gas to each costumer this afternoon, after a tanker full of fuel transported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived from New Jersey.

To ease the gasoline shortage in Hurricane Sandy’s wake, President Obama directed the Defense Logistics Agency on November 2 to purchase 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and 10 million gallons of diesel fuel, which is being distributed throughout the area, according to a FEMA press release.

Sam “Smokey” Bailey, who delivered the fuel, said he is an employee of Foster Fuel in Virginia, but was asked to travel north to assist in the hurricane relief effort. He first arrived in New Jersey, he said, where he loaded his 9,000-gallon tanker and was directed to transport it to the Hampton Bays gas station.

A line of cars about a quarter-mile long waited to fill up on Monday afternoon. Bert Gossoo, the station manager, said FEMA asked earlier in the week if they wanted to participate, and he agreed. He said it is tough to say when the shortage will ease.

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RIGINAL STORY:

East End residents can expect relief from the gas shortage and hours-long lines at the pumps, officials said this afternoon, though it could still be a two to three days before supplies reach stations.

Meanwhile lines of dozens of cars continue to snake away from gas stations that still have gas, and even a few that don’t. Motorists waiting on a line leading into the Hess station in Water Mill said they were there because, while the station is currently out of gas, they had been told that a new shipment is expected at some point today. That shipment arrived early afternoon but the line only grew.

“The silly part is, most of theses people have enough gas in their cars to last them three or four days of normal driving,” said one observer near the Hess station in Wainscott on Friday. “It’s a panic thing. They think they have to get it because everyone else is getting it. If everyone just did what they normally do everyone would be fine and the gas station would still have gas.”

State and federal officials said that the supply of gas to the tri-state region is flowing again, with a boost from several regulations that will allow more gas than normal to be brought into the region in the coming days.

U.S. Representative Tim Bishop said barges and tankers were moving freely through the Port of New York and pipelines and terminals throughout Long Island were regaining power, allowing them to resume deliveries.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano temporarily waived a rule on Friday to allow ships, which are normally restricted, to transport petroleum products from the Gulf of Mexico to Northeastern ports.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also signed an executive order on Thursday night that temporarily suspended all registration requirements on fuel distributors, which he said would expedite the process.

“This Executive Order will allow distributors and transporters to bring gas into our state to fill shortages now so that New Yorkers can get to their jobs, families, and homes as soon as possible,” Governor Cuomo said in a prepared statement.

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele said Friday afternoon that residents should limit their driving to conserve gas.

“It could be tough the next couple of days, but it doesn’t appear to be a long-term problem,” he said. “This is usually the kind of stuff that you see happening in other places in the national news. You never imagine that you would be in the middle of it yourself.”

East End residents were still in a frenzy to fill up at the few stations that hadn’t yet emptied their reserves Friday afternoon—and station supervisors said they were in the dark about when the next deliveries would be.

Most stations in the area receive their gas from suppliers farther west on Long Island, some from terminals in the Holtsville and Medford areas, but without power, the supply stations were not able to make their regular deliveries.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced on Thursday afternoon that he had asked the U.S. Coast Guard to reopen the Port of New York, which had shut down all commercial shipping traffic prior to the arrival of the storm on Monday, so that petroleum shipments could move through.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, New York Harbor is the busiest oil port in the world, with an average of 900,000 barrels of petroleum products moving through on any given day.

Vehicles stretched half a mile down Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays Friday afternoon, waiting their turn for an open pump at the Shell station, which had run out of regular gas before noon and was selling premium and diesel fuel. The station was limiting customers to $50 worth of gas each. Burt Gosso, the store manager, said power was restored at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, allowing them to open up the pumps until midnight, their normal closing time. He expected the station to run out of gas by Friday night.

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Senators do not order Executive branch agencies to do one thing or another.
By Duckbornandraised (181), Eastport on Nov 1, 12 5:39 PM
This is a basic civics error that a writer should have avoided and an editor should have noticed. An extra few seconds spent reviewing your stories would help avoid embarrassments such as this one. I am sure Schumer would like to think he can tell he Coast Guard what to do.
By michael_stearns (1), Water Mill on Nov 1, 12 7:09 PM
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In all fairness to Ms. Moran and the editors, Schumer may have used the term "ordered" even though he does not have the authority to order the USCG. Seems as if he is posturing to be seen as the one who "found a solution?"

He also said apparently that the "Port is open." It will be interesting to see if he is correct on this in the morning. And when gasoline deliveries start making it out to The East End.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 1, 12 9:12 PM
Hess and Strong Oil in Water Mill were open and pumping at 7pm this evening. Long lines at both. Valero in Manorville off the Sunrise was pumping also. Be prepared for long waits. Up island the lines at open station ran over a hundred cars.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 1, 12 7:25 PM
Any gas available around Hampton Bays?
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Nov 1, 12 7:38 PM
On Montauk Hwy just before canal. Was opened with lines backed up into hb about 20 minutes ago
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Nov 1, 12 7:57 PM
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Thanks, I will try them in the morning.
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Nov 1, 12 9:58 PM
Heard that Wainscott Hess was out of gas this evening.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 1, 12 8:52 PM
Hess @ Wainscott - busted out at 9:00 tonight, I got here too late.
You are own your own now, folks, best I can say is, preserve and say prayers.
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 1, 12 9:21 PM
A limited search over slow 3G connection seems to indicate that the Port of NY has been opened to petroleum barge and tanker traffic.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 1, 12 9:28 PM
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By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 1, 12 9:37 PM
USCG RSS feed confirms this.

Sadly, the Captain of the HMS Bounty is still missing SE of Cape Hatteras. Why they left port in the NE knowing that Sandy was already hitting Cuba is bewildering at best. RIP.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 1, 12 9:41 PM
Their logic was "a ship is safer at sea than at port in a storm". Unfortunately that's not true for the crew
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 12 9:40 AM
Well, who should we bomb acuzz of this?
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on Nov 2, 12 8:32 AM
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By Mr. Z (10413), North Sea on Nov 2, 12 9:52 AM
I think it's safe to say that the LIPA cavalry has left the east end and headed west. Has anyone seen a truck since Wednesday, or is it just me?
By banina81 (11), Sag Harbor on Nov 2, 12 10:37 AM
The LIPA map says "0" people in North Sea, and 9 in Noyack.

I guess we must be one of the nine from Noyack over here by Fish Cove...
By Mr. Z (10413), North Sea on Nov 2, 12 10:55 AM
I saw LIPA crews working on wires on Flying Point Road down by the water last night, Thursday night, at about 7pm.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 2, 12 12:28 PM
Roses Grove in North Sea just got power back. Friday 1:00pm.
By banina81 (11), Sag Harbor on Nov 2, 12 1:31 PM
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LIPA is hard at work at Noyac Road and Long Beach Road, where 3-4 poles came down. SHT PD is directing traffic, so things are moving OK.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 5:12 PM
Hess Wainscott got gas overnight. Line forms on old highway by Brick and Tile westbound. Very orderly with cops etc. directing traffic. 40 minutes total elapsed time.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 10:47 AM
Where are our Public officials? Bishop? Working a deal for a campaign contribution? Obama? He and Biden spent enough time out here. Coumo? Tearing away all the red tape? Please - lets get some new folks in there to make a difference!
By realistic (439), westhampton on Nov 2, 12 12:28 PM
Public officials have little/nothing to do with our supply of gasoline via private entities... Perhaps Schumer is making announcements on the status of shipments - but again, he has nothing to do with it. Sounds like a sad attempt to spin this discussion to politics PBR.

Now, in terms of gasoline.. Here's what I don't understand.. A huge storm hits, everybody buckles down for a few days.. Then, suddenly everyone needs gas? I think that the very broadcasting of this "shortage" is the ...more
By The Royal 'We' (187), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 1:43 PM
Obviously, you aren't running a generator! That's why everyone needs gas in cans. Nothing political, just saving stuff in their fridges/freezers.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 2:29 PM
Actually, I have been running a generator to keep my business open - it runs on diesel. As for preparedness comments below, this is easily taken care of by simply filling up your tank prior to the storm. I still have 300 miles left in my tank, I filled up Saturday.
Just because someone went and bought up all the milk, water, and batteries, and didn't think to be prepared in other means, doesn't make it a politicians fault. Not that I support any politicians, I prefer entrust those of our ...more
By The Royal 'We' (187), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 5:27 PM
He ordered the port open? Who's does he think he is...Al Haig?
By LandEsq (4), westhampton beach on Nov 2, 12 2:19 PM
We changed the wording in the story to say he "asked" the port to be reopened. In retrospect, "ordered" might have been too strong a term to characterize his role. It was, in fact, Janet Napolitano whose order was more responsible for the port's reopening.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (201), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 12 3:21 PM
It is about politics. Public officials have a responsibility to get the resources needed to make the whole system work. Thats one of the things government does. As far as people hoarding gas- we all need to get to work- grocery shopping. Very few if any are really hoarding gas. Just regular people trying to survive.
By realistic (439), westhampton on Nov 2, 12 2:26 PM
The Press likely got Schumer's statement wrong.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 2:31 PM
No, numerous new sources have the same quote. He's clearly trying to take credit for the upcoming resumption of normal fuel deliveries.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Nov 2, 12 3:56 PM
That would be Chuck Schumer.
By Frank Wheeler (1796), Northampton on Nov 2, 12 4:08 PM
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Our neighbors on Old Fishcove Rd N. Sea still no power 4 PM.
By Sandflea (35), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 3:57 PM
Wow, Tim Bishop is in office for ten years and we are out of fuel and no electric way too prepare Long Island. Don't listen to Schumer either the big storn has been predicted for decades, and believe me this was not the big one. We are not prepared for anything in NY and this proves it.
By chief1 (2516), southampton on Nov 2, 12 4:21 PM
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Lordy, Tim Bishop is in office for ten years and we still have leaves messing uo lawns & trees moving in the wind. Can conservative really be so stupid & partisan they try to lay blame on elected people for the greatest storm in our nation's history. Dollars to donuts, you won't find one complaint by thisRepub jerk on Katrina. Oh well, in spite of all scientific evidence they still spout there is no warming planet, no need to hold polluters responsible for their desecration of our environment ...more
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Nov 3, 12 3:45 PM
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Elect Randy and the sun will always shine. Rain will be limited to designated nights mid-week. Storms will be outlawed.
By highhatsize (3699), East Quogue on Nov 3, 12 3:50 PM
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Storms won't be outlawed. RA will simply send them overseas!
By Arnold Timer (302), Sag Harbor on Nov 4, 12 4:08 PM
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just came back from islip airport. most stations out. Hess in SH had a line west past st andrews road.
By xtiego (652), bridgehampton on Nov 2, 12 4:43 PM
3 Police cars and 5 cops seen in front of the Hess-Wainscott entrance this afternoon. Come on people, this is really a waste of the police time and taxpayers money. Just keep calm and wait your turn, like everone else.
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 2, 12 4:44 PM
OH folks, let's do more than complain, lets CHANGE things. LIPA once again is horrible, period, just like during Irene. NJ Gov Christie says that ALL POWER will be restored to Atlantic City and Long Beach Island by midnight Saturday. Yet our East End, which did not have heavy damage, will not be restored for ANOTHER week to 10 days. STOP LIPA. Call and register your thoughts/compliants with Governor Cuomo's office (518-474-8390) and Senator Gillibrand's office (202-688-6262) and make your voice ...more
By garyhampton (2), Amagansett on Nov 2, 12 4:51 PM
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Ha, that's rich! During the last significant hurricane, I didn't have electricity for 2 weeks, but then Pataki was in office & D'Aamato in office. Oh those destructive Repubs. Just how come Gillebrand, Schumer & Cuomo don't give priority to the poor people in the Hamptons over those in Breezy Point, Lindenhurst, Coney Island, Fire Island? Makes me oh so mad.
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Nov 3, 12 4:00 PM
Ahhh, a fickle lot indeed the people are.

If our electrical grid is deficient, or antiquated for any reason it would be the gross fiscal mismanagement of the utility for decades. "Management" is squarely to blame. It has nothing to do with politicians, and at the end of the day it is the board of the utility who has the final say.

If they weren't foolish enough to believe they could start up a nuclear reactor on an ISLAND with Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island so fresh in the ...more
Nov 2, 12 4:59 PM appended by Mr. Z
Lest we forget Idaho Falls, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Switzerland, and Germany. Accidents at reactors were occurring since the '60's.
By Mr. Z (10413), North Sea on Nov 2, 12 4:59 PM
Other article updated to say that LIPA won't be done with the repairs until November 10th or 11th. [with notable exceptions]

Staggering!
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 5:46 PM
NYT is reporting that the military will start delivering fuel.

Call me cynical, but I guess the election might be close?
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 2, 12 8:50 PM
OK Cynical,
I guess the hurricane jumped the gun a bit, but you should have made it clear to Sandy she was not to appear until the 7th or you would call in the military just to elect Mitt.
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Nov 4, 12 12:56 AM
Did this event change anyone's idea of preparedness? I thought I had my bases covered, but the gas thing surprised me. I have about 2, maybe 3 days left in the car (and I did top off before the storm.) Hopefully things will be back to normal in a few days. Try to think about the next guy or girl, folks.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 2, 12 9:43 PM
The rule DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has waived allows foreign vessels to transport from one domestic port to another.
By Duckbornandraised (181), Eastport on Nov 3, 12 12:17 AM
Anyone seen my A card?
By Mr. Z (10413), North Sea on Nov 3, 12 12:48 AM
DHS Janet Napolitano didn't do her job and she is a disgrace. wWhy doesn't Homeland security have a plan too make sure all gas stations are full before a disaster hits? Why dont pumping stations have generators so trucks can fill up? Why is there no strategic fuel supply high in the mountains of NY safe from storms for an emergency? Imagine if we had an terrorist attack? We would fold the first day!
By chief1 (2516), southampton on Nov 3, 12 9:52 AM
The lack of a real plan is alarming. The other thing I don't quite get is leaving these gas stations on their own to deal with angering crowds. I think the local govt should step in quickly and assign odd/even rules and $30 per person caps. Every man for himself is a dangerous game.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 3, 12 10:05 AM
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This is why big government is a failure. They really aren't helping and if citizens didn't more for themselves and relied less on the gov't we would all be better off. My buddy is state trooper and their generator at the barracks broke down. FEMA was staged right next door but couldn't loan them a genny until all the proper paperwork was filled out and processed. Is this effective, streamlined government? Phil asks if this the conservative way. Well, I am conservative and I was more than ...more
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 12 12:30 PM
One hopes that this thread will not be politicized in the same broad-brush manner as the Bishop/Altschuler election comments.

One "play pen" should be enough, gentle men and women, for off-topic political posts and rants, in my personal opinion.

Yes, the gas shortage raises genuine political issues, but . . .

I think you get the pernt?

Have a good weekend.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 12:58 PM
Got it PBR, good point. You have a good weekend as well.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 12 2:49 PM
It's not about being labeled by politics.

It's about being a good Boy Scout.

Nice work, dnice.
By Mr. Z (10413), North Sea on Nov 3, 12 6:33 PM


Big govt is a failure? Oh my, those FEMA people who follow process, esp with state troopers, who aren't any more intimidated by govt bureaucrats than when they are pulling over miscreants driving over 55mph on the LIE. If only we had a smaller govt, whatever that means aside from a meaningless cliche. How would these conservatives make a smaller govt? Making its heaviest feeder, the Pentagon, go on a tighter budget than they propose for the elderly?, Oh no! They don't mean smaller govt ...more
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Nov 4, 12 1:25 AM
@ Phil - I said local govt ie. on the town level. Your solution would probably include free gas for everyone making under $40,000 a year, and a 40% gas tax on everyone else. There would be 3 govt owned filling stations on LI and you'd be assigned a day and time to report at said filling station. The wait time would be posted as 2 hours, but in reality it would be 12. After 1 year the govt gas plan would fail and we'd see additional taxes on gas. The good people of the east end would go back to riding ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 4, 12 8:10 AM
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Riiiiight. I've always said that we don't need any govt. Riiiight. If you can see the difference then, well, how do I say this nicely?
Nov 4, 12 8:28 AM appended by double standard
"If you CAN'T see the difference..."
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 4, 12 8:28 AM
Philly, in your world their are 2 choices, both extreme. You can have zero or a million. What if I only need or want 100? You can have zero or a million.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 4, 12 8:30 AM
Bush had 7.5 years after 9/11 to take the steps you mention above. Guess he was too busy cuttin' brush and fighting phony wars to invest in actual homeland security. How is this Napolitano's fault?
By Arnold Timer (302), Sag Harbor on Nov 4, 12 4:13 PM
Have you looked around lately. Point out to me how our gov't is excelling, especially considering how much time they had to prepare for this? Your ramble isn't even cohenrent. Comparing now to 1780, what?
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 12 8:33 PM
BS Phil, I know many, many people of limited means who were mor than prepared for this crisis. As usual you can KMA.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 12 8:35 PM
A generator or extra gas is frivolous? Or am I also guilty of putting words into your mouth?
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 12 8:42 PM
Thanks Cap, some will never rise above making excuses for the laziness of others.
Nov 4, 12 8:47 PM appended by dnice
It is obvious that phil has a major insecurity complex. Poor little guy.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 12 8:47 PM
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By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 12 3:28 PM
Blah, blah, blah, Phil.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 12 4:40 PM
Lesson of this storm is government can't prevent storm and can't resolve the consequences to all the people from the storm. Self sufficiency, like preparing ourselves with full gas tanks and generators will always prevail over government dependency.
By mexicokid (16), brooklyn on Nov 3, 12 9:53 AM
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Maybe all of you in the know,should try being a lineman for a week during the aftermath of a devasting storm and then come tell us how easy it is to restore power!!!!....These men are laying their life on the line so you can turn your tv on and you have the nerve to assume they all have their heads up their arse!!! Shame on all of you who make judgements without the knowledge of our electricity works and how friggin dangerous it is~
By lursagirl (187), southampton on Nov 3, 12 10:14 AM
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Most of the criticism is directed at LIPA management IMO (past and present), and not at the linemen, who indeed are busting their butts to get everyone back with power. Their efforts are well appreciated by all, especially the men and women from other geographic areas who are living in rough circumstances.

Additional critical comments may also be directed at government officials, with some justification IMO, especially after Irene last year. Did we really need to learn the grade school ...more
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 10:55 AM
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um, these linemen are doing it for the money...and they do well for themselves rightfully so. but dont make this out to be that theyre out there doing it for charity. lol...
By joegti10 (8), East Moriches on Nov 3, 12 10:32 PM
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I went past the Watermill Hess and Wainscott Hess about 11am today. Police are on duty at both sites. Watermill was not open and a long line extended down Scuttlehole Rd. Reports of people sleeping in their cars overnight at the closed station.

In Wainscott, Hess have reg. gas, but the line extended down to the tank at the Vet's Hall. About 300 cars. I would estimate a 4-5 hr wait.

All around, not a good situation. If there were not police presence at the open stations, your beginning ...more
By BruceB (140), Sag Harbor on Nov 3, 12 2:21 PM
was close till gas truck finish loading gas at tanks .. Hess employees are working hard and being great provinding service as soonest they got gas inventory .. this girls had been out for long hours with non stop ... kuddos to them .. Awesome Management. thanks
also getting a delivery tonight at midnight
By hamptons online (2), Wainscott on Nov 4, 12 7:37 PM
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What about Strong oil in Water Mill - the Shell station, and the new gas station in Bridgehampton? Any current info about them?

Also, anyone spotted a LIPA truck? I've only seen two since the storm. Where are they hiding?
Nov 3, 12 7:40 PM appended by goldenrod
Website for up to date information on Hess stations with fuel: http://hessexpress.com/FuelInformation It looks as if as of 5:45 pm today, Hess in Southampton had over 12,000 gals of regular and Water Mill had 11,000 gals of regular. Wainscott had 5000 so could be running low by now, judging by this warning: ***IMPORTANT**** ***PLEASE READ*** It's best to visit locations that are reporting over 7,000 gallons of inventory in stock at this latest time. We can not predict the rate at which these change and can not guarantee inventory when you arrive. Sites below 5000 gallons likely have less than 2 hours of fuel remaining. Sites near or below 2000 gallons are near out of stock at the moment.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 3, 12 7:40 PM
http://hessexpress.com/FuelInformation

Very, very helpful, thank you
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 8:54 PM
This link leads to a PDF which will not open in Mac Firefox, but is OK in Safari.

The Southampton station shows over 10,000 gallons of regular as of 7:47 this evening. Does anyone know what the wait time is?

Wainscott and Water Mill show healthy stocks as well.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 9:13 PM
Actually Wainscott shows only 2600 gallons of regular.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 9:16 PM
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Went on Hess web site they showed the SH Hess having 9,000 gal. they close at 11pm. got there at 10:30 with 12 people on line they would not let any one have gas. This is BS, I got out of my car and told the person that the web shows they had gas, the hess employee had no response. They have gas but they are holding out.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 11:00 PM
Maybe Corporate told them to hold out? Maybe there is no delivery tomarrow and they don't want a riot? I can't think of any reason the abused, hourly employee would refuse you otherwise.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 11:13 PM
Abused, hourly employee? When they have no more gas they just close up shop and shut out the lights like every other gas station that ran out. No riots why would anyone riot if they really had no gas.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Nov 3, 12 11:35 PM
Actually, one of the guys who works there is an acquaintance of mine. Tempers were flaring there, . It can be stressful, by comparison to usual routine. I think they should get time and a half for every hour worked this week in the lot putting up with, shall we say, "select members of the public".
By Mr. Z (10413), North Sea on Nov 4, 12 12:12 AM
Double pay wouldn't be enough for what they have to put up with. People can get real nasty on those lines.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 12 8:43 PM
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I happen to live right around the corner from the Hess in Southampton and am there every day and they are doing an amazing job some of those employees still have no power at home have small kids and are still showing up for work working on their days off and pulling 13 hr shifts or longer and notice they have kept it going without police directing traffic they have been cursed out screamed at and assaulted over the last week be grateful they come to work because if they didn't and others like them ...more
By anonymous local (1), southampton on Nov 5, 12 1:47 PM
Why would we all be screwed? Ever hear of pumping your own gas? Onl;y New jersey won't let you pump your own.
By Walt (271), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 2:37 PM
Because if no one showed up to work, the station would not open, nor would the pumps be on.

It has happened elsewhere.
By Mr. Z (10413), North Sea on Nov 5, 12 2:56 PM
Z - yes it has. Give these workers some credit. They are putting up with some vicious mob mentality. I know I would not want to be working there right now.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 12 7:24 PM
Calm down and get some sleep RR .And just be grateful today that you don't work at a gas station.
This will all be restored to normal soon.

By Q333 (161), Southampton on Nov 4, 12 12:02 AM
LOL Q333 better get some sleep yourself. Thanks but I didn't ask for you advise.
Time and a half for a gas station employee Mr Z, careful what you say. From the way I read Q333 comment it sounds like a gas station attend is just worthless.
BTW according to Q333 everyone can relax because she said this situation will be restored to normal soon. OMG I don't know what I would have done if she did not make that statement.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Nov 4, 12 12:41 AM
Oh, wait, I DO see why an abused, hourly employee would refuse to sell to you,
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Nov 4, 12 6:42 AM
There is also this website to look for open stations:http://findgas.org. Good luck.
By V.Tomanoku (651), southampton on Nov 4, 12 8:23 AM
was close till gas truck finish loading gas at tanks .. Hess employees are working hard and being great provinding service as soonest they got gas inventory .. this girls had been out for long hours with non stop ... kuddos to them .. Awesome Management. thanks
By hamptons online (2), Wainscott on Nov 4, 12 6:13 PM
BH was OK earlier and I believe Wainscot Hess got a delivery early this morning. The line at 6 AM was long but pumps closed.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 4, 12 9:06 AM
PS EHT PD is there. Yesterday the line moved very fast due to orderly process incl. Hess attendants. Well done!
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 4, 12 9:09 AM
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"The silly part..." paragraph of this article sums up the truth well.

By fiona (1), Southampton on Nov 4, 12 12:17 PM
There were people getting gas at the station on Hampton Road in Southampton village earlier this morning.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 4, 12 12:30 PM
got gas at BH gulf yesterday( right place right time) had to be 200 cars behind me (I was number 7 getting fuel) but the SHTPD turned it into an orderly fashion making the one entrance one exit. was in rite aid just before behind a couple of linemen from Lee N.C. a man came in asked where they were from and tried to give them a 50 tip for their services. the men declined many times and did NOT take the money said it was their job to help. Cudos to the out of state people helping us get back ...more
By xtiego (652), bridgehampton on Nov 4, 12 7:44 PM
I think that by Wednesday, gas should be flowing as it did before the storm. If you can wait, stay off of those ridiculous lines. Hang in there, hopefully we get back to a sense of normalcy soon. Then we can concentrate on rebuilding.
Nov 7, 12 8:38 PM appended by dnice
Or not...
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 12 8:38 PM
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Hess on Montuak Hwy in Quogue has 12 pumps and is moving fairly quickly FYI
By gloverdt (17), westhampton beach on Nov 4, 12 11:28 PM
They are doing it right in Quogue. 12 pumps, someone directing traffic in the parking lot, police helping out. It's a very efficient system.
By Eliza (29), Westhampton Beach on Nov 6, 12 8:11 AM
I read: ...he [Schumer] had asked the U.S. Coast Guard to reopen the Port of New York.
Where is "ordered"?
By Songster (6), Westhampton Beach on Nov 5, 12 1:45 PM
Janet Napolitano needs too resign she is a disgrace as head of Homeland security. We have illegals walk right across the border everyday, and now she can't figure out why we have no gas. The gas situation is not getting any better. The federal govt came out with a report yesterday that 89% of gas stations are open in the metro area. Maybe they are open but less than 10% have gas. This countries leaders are either full of crap or they are incompetant. So long Bishop!!!!
By chief1 (2516), southampton on Nov 5, 12 2:17 PM
Do I understand you correctly? "We have illegals walk right across the border everyday, and now she can't figure out why we have no gas." It is the illegals fault we have no gas?
It is painful to think your vote is worth as much as others'.
By baywoman (162), southampton on Nov 5, 12 3:03 PM
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Wait... HOW exactly are illegals responsible for the gas shortage? There's a gas shortage because:

1. The port was closed
2. Northville, Inwood etc. were without power
3. People are PANICKED and hoarding
4. Many gas stations don't/didn't have power
5. Lots of people are using generators

How do illegals fit into that?!
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 12 3:18 PM
Come back to earth, Chief.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 9:49 PM
Chief - You're driving me crazy. The word you need to use is spelled "to"; it is a preposition that implies direction or motion (they went to school). "Too" is an adverb that means excessive or also (too much wind caused a problem, I'm without power too). Thank you.
By VOS (1114), WHB on Nov 5, 12 11:54 PM
The way I used too is driving you crazy? Sorry too hurt your feelings. LOL But anyway my point of yeaterday was that Janet Napolitano has a job of keeping our borders close, ports open, fuel and food flowing at all times. She is doing a very bad job at it and should resign. Why is Fema giving out free gas in Southampton? We don't need free gas we just need gas. Another ploy by Obama too buy votes . People farther west of us are the ones needing help this is just another case of wasting money. By ...more
By chief1 (2516), southampton on Nov 6, 12 7:30 AM
How are the SH gas station lines this afternoon? Thanks.
By Phoebe (4), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 2:31 PM
Article updated re: FEMA truck in Hampton Bays.

Hess site shows lots of red line items as of late this afternoon.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 6:56 PM
Just checked the Shell station in HB. Line is down Montauk and wrapping around Gravel Hill.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 12 7:26 PM
The latest Hess update as of 6:57 PM shows over 8,000 gallons of regular in Southampton on the North Highway. Any eyes on the ground there?

I am pretty sure that this is a large increase since a couple of hours ago. Was a delivery made, do we know how real-time the Hess reports are?
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 8:06 PM
The site gasbuddy (dot) com lets you search by zip code, and has comments which seem pretty current.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 9:20 PM
Just got back from Hess in Quogue. The line was long( approx. 45 cars) but it went very quickly( about 20 min). As I was leaving a tanker was pulling in so they should have gas for awhile.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 12 10:03 PM
Wainscot Hess has gas and line is OK. Moving fast.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 6, 12 6:47 AM
Per Eliza's comment way above, Hess has done a great job IMO. The line is paused at the entry until a lane of pumps is open, and the attendant tells you where to go. This process is very efficient and CALMING
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 6, 12 9:06 AM
FEMA gas? Here? I'd rather they put the money towards helping those who have lost their homes. Those people need housing immediately and housing on Long Island is expensive.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 6, 12 11:17 AM
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Both Gulf and Mobile stations were pumping this morning in Southampton at Dean's (does anyone remember the Dean family?) intersection, not a bad wait at Mobile, just 15 min or so. Looks like the situation is easing.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Nov 6, 12 1:16 PM
7 pm. Both Cumberland Farms and Coastal have gas with no one waiting so if you need it, get your keys.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Nov 7, 12 7:08 PM
The google.org map, which Nature found, now has gas information on it. "Crisis map/2012-Sandy." The buttons on the right allow you to overlay all kinds of information including "Post-Sandy Imagery" which has recent aerial shots of the beachs from North Carolina to Montauk. An amazing resource!
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 8, 12 8:46 AM
http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 8, 12 8:46 AM
Hampton Bays Rotary, Autumn Evening by the Sea, Joyce Oakland, Oaklands Restaurant