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Plan proposed to avert gas shortages in crises

Posted: December 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

A new bill was introduced in California’s state legislature Tuesday to incentivize retail gas sellers to equip their service stations with backup emergency generators.

Prompted by the severe gas shortages for New Jersey area residents who lost power for days and weeks after Superstorm Sandy, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, introduced Assembly Bill 6, which offers a 50-percent tax credit for service station owners to purchase and equip their stations with a backup generator.

Service stations have to be able to continue to provide fuel to both local residents and emergency responders facing widespread power outages, Gorell said. In many cases, fuel was inaccessible at service stations due to a lack of emergency electrical power required to run their pumps.

“No emergency plan is complete unless we can guarantee adequate fuel to the residents and emergency responders,” Gorell said. “In the event of a natural disaster, access to fuel could be a matter of life and death.”

Gorell served on the board of directors for the disaster preparedness organization American Red Cross of Ventura County from 2003 until 2009, serving as vice chair of the board from 2007 until 2009.

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