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Gas: 'There Are No Shortages,' Mayor Says

Some power restored to Montville as long lines continue at the pumps.

Those long lines at the gas pumps may seem daunting, but should not frighten motorists into thinking there is a gas shortage, according to Montville Mayor Tim Braden.

Braden said Friday that the lines are caused by some people actually in need of gas while others are merely topping off their tanks. Others are filling containers for generators to power parts of their homes, but the gas stations continue to receive their supply.

"There are no shortages, there will be no shortages," Braden said. "If people can just sit home and wait this out...but that's not people's nature."

In addition to the Shell station on Changebridge Road, the Montville Valero had power restored Thursday night, Braden said. The gas stations will continue to serve customers until they run out of gas, but t as some residents said Thursday.

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Louise November 03, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I guess Christie just mandated odd/even gas purchasing because there is no shortage.
Tom Schopper November 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Well, Karl -- kudos to you for keeping this an intellectual discussion and not reverting to name-calling... [Insert sarcasm HERE]. So let's see if I can break it down so *you* can get it. To begin: I never, not once, said I had a problem or blamed anyone *for* a problem. My point was and is that the Mayor is wrong to say that there is no shortage -- because there is (and the facts and common sense prove it). And if you think the Mayor is right, then you are wrong too. Here's why: this is a State-wide and region-wide problem, so let's factor out the fact that Montville is or has been mainly without power -- the issue is wider than what stations do or don't have electricity in Montville. So look around: are there stations (your "made up" 75%) that don't have power? Sure (even though you just pulled numbers out of your....hat....we'll use them). But there are stations that *do* have power and *did* have gas and *did* have lines out the wazoo even as of yesterday... but today, those stations are closed -- with signs that say "no gas". You even stated why: because they can't get filled up fast enough. [continued]
Tom Schopper November 03, 2012 at 03:03 AM
[continuing] And why is that? Heck -- if the 3/4th majority of stations in your scenario don't even have power, the 1/4 minority that do *should* have more than enough supply coming their way to remain open -- but they don't. They can't get deliveries. Because the shipping lanes into the ports have been closed/hobbled and the tank terminals in Linden etc. have been shut down since the storm. Which has meant that the supplies coming to those open station are short, doesn't it. Right - it does. That's what a shortage IS, for Pete's sake. If there was no shortage, the stations that have power and have been pumping would still *be* pumping. But in large numbers, they aren't. Because there is a delivery shortage. It's really that simple -- "do you get it"? The mayor is wrong and you are wrong. And the quotes from the Gov. today in signing the order to ration even/odd plates confirms it. (See: "Calling the fuel supply in the state a 'shortage' that could endanger public health, safety and welfare, the rationing will take place in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties." http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/sandy_gas_ration_12_counties.html#incart_maj-story-1) So lose the name-calling, stop putting words in my mouth and try to understand what is going on here.
Tom Schopper November 03, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I'm sure that is the case, Ariana -- and that certainly isn't helping things. But the fact remains that it made no sense for the mayor to have said there is no shortage when the facts and the Governor's own words and actions today show otherwise.

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