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Gas Lines Continue Through Weekend; Relief on the Way But Could Be Days

Residents lined up for hours early over the weekend to get gas but the crisis is not over yet.

Superstorm Sandy may have left the area but the lingering effects haven't abated as residents lined up to get gas over the weekend almost immediately after deliveries were made.

The line at the Mobil gas station in Mt. Sinai stretched down Crystal Brook Hollow Road to Regent Place, a distance of about 3/4 of a mile. There, one resident argued with police about cutting the line to get gas for generators ahead of those filling up their cars, some waiting hours to get gas, twice in one morning.

One Mt. Sinai resident told Patch that she was on line for an hour and a half earlier in the morning on Saturday only to immediately come back with a second car for a family members, a designated gas line waiter.

Over in Port Jefferson Station, the line to get gas at Hess on Route 112 wrapped around to Route 347 heading east. Post Office vans waiting in the queue along with cars and delivery trucks.

At both locations police were on hand to direct traffic and keep control.

On Sunday, lines continued in Port Jefferson Station and on Main Street in Port Jefferson village where the USA gas station line stretched around to Liberty Avenue all the way up to the high school at Old Post Road.

Long gas lines will be a Long Island fixture for the foreseeable future.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said fuel shortages will continue into next week, but said more supply is flowing and expects the gas crunch to abate by the weekend.

At a press conference on Friday, Cuomo said that the government is speeding up the process to get gas out to where it's needed on Long Island, including the opening up of important points of delivery.

One recently opened terminal is in Port Jefferson Harbor — according to multiple reports, including this article in Newsday.

According to village officials, the Tosco pipeline on Beach Street in Port Jefferson takes oil barges and tankers and the gas goes into holding tanks at Belle Meade Road, located in East Setauket. According to Find The Data website, the pipeline is owned by Northville Industries and the storage tanks have a total capacity 2.5 million barrels.

A representative at Northville could not be reached for comment at the time of the publication of this article.

Ben Dover November 03, 2012 at 08:07 PM
At the Mobil in Mt Sinai the SCPD let a NYC cop cut everybody in line.
Tom November 03, 2012 at 10:01 PM
That's SCPD for ya. What else did you expect? How much you want to bet they take gas from the police cars for their own cars also. Wouldn't put it past them. Poor supervision for many many years.
greencap November 04, 2012 at 03:29 AM
GUV? You sound like the NY Post now Lon, never thought you would do it.
Lon Cohen November 04, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Ha. Yeah, I debated using it in the headline to save space. Always a toss up over saving space, even on the web. Maybe not a great choice of word?
Barbara Donlon November 04, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Last night at about 1:30 a.m. People were lined up down Crystal Brook Hollow Road waiting for a delivery at Mobil on the corner of Route 347 and Crystal Brook Hollow Road. I got gas there at about 3 p.m. Yesterday. The only reason I did it was because I saw the truck as I was driving. I quickly turned to get gas. I was second in line. With in a few minutes (maybe 5 tops) the line was stretched down half the road. My advice to everyone is: Make sure you get on the line. Do not try to cut the line entering on 347. They will not let you in. A guy did that. At the time there was a 15 car wait, he didn't want to wait. The cop would not let him in. Get on the line, do not try to get on the line via Rite Aid shopping center because they won't allow it. They also will not pump with out the police. I suggest calling the Suffolk County police non emergency number to have them send an officer...that's what several people did yesterday and it only took about 25 minutes for an officer to arrive.
Peter C. Walsh November 04, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Priority ought to be given to emergency vehicles and supply vehicles including lipa vehicles.
Earl November 04, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Where is all the millions of gas on those barges going? All the stations in PJS have power, none have gas. What a crackpot bunch of politicians we have!
Joan Callano November 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Is there a seperate line in PJS for bums? lol
Melodie Tegay November 05, 2012 at 03:19 AM
None of that gasoline is makig it down to the middle of the island. Only one state on Middle Country Rd. in Coram was open with lines miles long and police supervisions- Why did only this OK gas station has gas when there are at least 10 other locals ones hat don't?
Melodie Tegay November 05, 2012 at 03:21 AM
edit above-only one gas stations o Middle Country Road in Coram OR Middle Island was open etc. etc.
Earl November 05, 2012 at 05:19 AM
This afternoon all stations in PJS had power, none had gas. We are doomed. Cuomo initially said it would ease by early this week, now he is saying this will extend to next weekend. How much we wanna bet it goes longer than that? He is acting all tough on LIPA and saying he is going to hold them accountable for the slow resortation of power (yeah right, and it seems they are making great progress for the amount of damage out there). How about holding himself accountable for his failed promises!!
Peter C. Walsh November 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I literally saw a long line of fuel vessels off the coast of Long Beach yesterday. The news that the gas is on the way is true. The problem is getting the crude off the ships, to a refinerary that has power, refining it and then transporting it to gas stations in the tri state area. All time consuming tasks. Yet there is a light at the end of the tunnell. Unfortunately, it is not a freight train of gas tankers; it's one gas tanker at a time.

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