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article imageObama orders military to deliver fuel, supplies to east coast

By Greta McClain     Nov 3, 2012 in World
With power outages and fuel shortages making recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey all the more difficult, the Defense Department began airlifting equipment and trucking in fuel to the area.
On Wednesday, New Jersey Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez asked President Obama to dispatch supplies of gasoline and fuel to the state. Obama promptly responded, directing the Department of Defense (DOD) to assist in transporting much needed supplies to the area. An order to truck in 24 million gallons of fuel to the region was also issued. As reported on Digital Journal, tanker trucks were seen arriving in areas of New Jersey Saturday morning.
According to a DOD press release, members of 12 active duty Air National Guard and Air Force
Bucket trucks are loaded onto a military transport plane.
Bucket trucks are loaded onto a military transport plane.
U.S. Department of Defense
Reserve units loaded military aircraft with 632 short tons of equipment and supplies. Sixty-nine Southern California Edison bucket trucks and pickup trucks were delivered to the area the next day according to a Military Times report.
The President also partially waived the Jones Act, allowing foreign oil-tanker deliveries from the Gulf of Mexico to deliver fuel to Northeastern ports to help ease the fuel shortages.
The U.S. Energy Department gave the Pentagon permission to draw 2 million gallons of ultralow-sulfur diesel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve in Groton, Conn. The goal of the fuel release is to keep emergency-response equipment running.
FEMA engineers and electricians work to get generators field-ready at the Lakehurst staging area Oct...
FEMA engineers and electricians work to get generators field-ready at the Lakehurst staging area Oct. 30th.
United States Air Force
The administration had also ordered FEMA to have supplies ready for deployment at a staging area on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst near Trenton, New Jersey. Trucks loaded with blankets, generators, food, water and other supplies began arriving at the base on Oct. 26th.
Tony Moore, FEMA incident support base site manager, told New Jersey Today:
“Lakehurst was the perfect site to use as a staging area because of its proximity to major cities, the large amount of available space and the built-in security. We’re here to act as a hub for supplies. When we get requests from the state, we send the supplies where they need to go.”
The additional equipment and supplies are being airlifted aboard five C-5 Galaxy aircraft and approximately 12 C-17 Globemasters. A C-5B and a C-17 are also assisting with the airlift according to an Air Force News Release.
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