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More than one fifth of NYC area outlets still out of gas: DOE
November 9, 2012 / 9:05 PM / 5 years ago

More than one fifth of NYC area outlets still out of gas: DOE

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of New York City area service stations that were unable to sell gas was unchanged from a day ago at 28 percent, the Department of Energy said on Friday as the city imposed the first rationing scheme since the 1970s.

Customers wait in line for gas at a Hess fuelling station in Brooklyn, New York, November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

“Despite the improvement since last Friday, the 28 percent remains a significant problem,” it said in an update on its daily survey. A week ago two-thirds of the greater metropolitan area’s service stations had been unable to dispense fuel.

It said 21 percent of the stations had no gas available for sale, the same as a day ago, while 7 percent did not respond to attempts to contact them, an indication they may lack power.

Reporting By Jonathan Leff; editing by Carol Bishopric

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