The Straits Times
Published on Nov 10, 2012

US releases more diesel to ease fuel shortages after storm Sandy


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Energy Department said on Friday that it would release an additional 100,000 barrels of diesel from the nation's emergency heating oil reserves to help ease fuel shortages in Connecticut due to superstorm Sandy.

The release from the emergency stockpile comes as the US northeast continues to grapple with severe fuel supply disruptions after the massive storm swept through the region last week.

"This loan from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve will help ensure communities in the impacted area have access to the diesel fuel they need for their transportation systems," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement.

The department will begin releasing fuel to the Defence Department as early as this weekend to provide emergency loans to fuel distributors in Connecticut.