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- New Jersey hasn’t run out of gas and it’s unlikely that it will, according to the state’s fuel merchants association.
The cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline has caused one of the country’s major conduits for refined gasoline to shut down, and rumors about gas shortages have followed. Among them: that the state of New Jersey "will be out of gas for a week."
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As of May 10, the day that claim was posted on Facebook, New Jersey still had plenty of gas, said Eric DeGesero, executive president of the Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey. And, he said, the idea that the state would be out of gas for a week "is very far-fetched."
Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy didn’t have that kind of impact, and New Jersey is not solely reliant on gasoline from the Colonial Pipeline, DeGesero said. So while some residents could see prices rise, the possibility is New Jersey running out of fuel is as likely "as me getting voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive," he said. "Infinitesimal."
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Facebook post, May 10, 2021
The New York Times, Cyberattack forces a shutdown of top U.S. pipeline, May 8, 2021
Eric DeGesero, executive president, Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey, May 10, 2021
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