(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued a statement today in support the U.S. Department of Energy announcement that it will create the first ever federal regional gasoline reserve. The two reserves, to be located near New York Harbor and in New England, will ease potential fuel supply disruptions in the aftermath of extreme weather. Each location will store 500,000 barrels of gasoline, providing short-term relief in the event of a weather emergency.
“Additional regional gasoline reserves are a welcome step for Connecticut consumers – ensuring a critical supply line of vital gasoline for emergency personnel as well as citizens who need to travel after a natural disaster. Extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy are becoming the new normal, and I applaud Secretary Moniz for this and other smart, strategic investments to prepare for the effects of climate change,” Blumenthal said.