The shut down of oil refineries in Houston from Hurricane Harvey Flooding has lead to a shut down of the Colonial Pipeline which normally carries 100 million gallons of fuel (Gasoline, Diesel and Aviation) PER DAY, and the loss of pipeline supplies has created an instant shortage of fuel. The situation is deteriorating so quickly, that the Governor of North Carolina has now declared a state of emergency.
What About the Impact on Society?
On the surface, it is safe to say that the loss of diesel and gasoline will lead to massive social disruption. That isn’t just the general opinion of people that will be affected by the situation, it also appears to be the opinion of government leaders and others that pretend they don’t want to see these shortages happen.
Yes… I said pretend. Why? Read on.
It is no secret that the rich make their money by selling products at a profit. Up until the last two or three decades, the masses (i.e. customer base of consumers) could afford to buy these products. In the last two or three decades, consumer debt paired with a lack of jobs has resulted in 75% of our nation’s money in the hands of 10% of the population.
Perhaps I am being a bit jaded or leaning towards a conspiracy theory outlook when I say that 99% of the people in our nation will soon be completely unable to give more money to the rich. What is left to be made must be obtained quickly and at the greatest possible profit.
Remember when Rhett Butler (in “Gone With the Wind”) said that the two best times to make money are during a social collapse and then during the reconstruction? Riots, civil war, and even guerrilla warfare make an excellent disguise for the final tapping of any money and resources left among the masses that must be… eliminated before a new growth cycle can begin.
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It’s a dire situation to the rich, and the quickest way out is to cut off the diesel and gasoline that people rely on.
In this scenario, chaos will ensue and all the government has to do is pretend to be concerned about local and global converging situations that will lead to a disruption in gasoline and diesel supplies. From there, all they have to do is put up a few token fights (in which they are the only ones with suitable weapons to defend themselves) to try and stop the 99% from caving in and destroying itself.
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Gov. Roy Cooper said gas shortages and higher gas prices should be expected.
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“This will impact us. We’ve seen it before,” Cooper said. “This is something that is critical. When you have a situation like this the problems go all up and down the pipeline. We’ve seen this happen before with problems with Katrina.”
Shortly after 4 p.m., his office announced he was declaring a state of emergency in order to temporarily waive restrictions on trucks hauling fuel to North Carolina.
“I’m taking action to make it easier to get gasoline into our state so North Carolinians who need gas can get it,” Cooper said.
Cooper also signed an executive order on Thursday declaring an “abnormal market disruption for gasoline,” putting the state’s anti-price-gouging law into effect for the next 45 days.
The Colonial Pipeline provides nearly 40 percent of the South’s gasoline. It runs underground and is now under water in many parts of Texas, where inspections are needed before it can be fully operational again, Colonial spokesman Steve Baker said Thursday.
The Georgia-based company remains able to operate its pipeline from Louisiana to states east and northeast of there, though deliveries will be “intermittent,” the company said.
Huge challenges remain for the nation’s system of getting gasoline to the pumps of service stations, since Hurricane Harvey forced the shutdown of at least eight Texas refineries, according to AAA.
Pump prices have surged — the average for a gallon of regular gasoline rose from about $2.35 a week ago to $2.45 now, AAA reported. The price spike is more dramatic in some states such as Georgia, where the average cost per gallon of regular gas has climbed from $2.22 a week ago to $2.39 now.
The owner of North Hills Exxon and Glenwood Village Exxon wanted to do something to help those affected by the Gulf Coast flooding. Mike Barker said he decided to donate 3 cents from every gallon he sold to the Red Cross for Harvey relief.
He said the relief effort was his way of giving back to those who need help. But, Barker says if the gas supply dries up, he’ll have to cancel the donation program.
“I hope to do it as long as I can, but with supply stopping I may have to shut it down,” said Barker. “If I had to guess it’ll be Saturday, but I’ll run it as long as I can.”
The programs already raised a little more than $900 dollars from gasoline sales. Barker said Paragon Bank, a local financial institution, has pledged another $500 dollars to the gas station’s fund raising efforts.
Nearly one-third of the nation’s refining capacity is along the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, and about one-quarter of the Gulf Coast’s oil refining capacity was taken offline, according to the Oil Price Information Service.
The supply crunch is already being felt in Dallas-Fort Worth, where QuikTrip, one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains, is temporarily halting gasoline sales at about half of its 135 stores in the area.
The company is instead directing gasoline deliveries to designated stores across all parts of the metro area, QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said. And while only half the Dallas-Forth Worth area stores will have gasoline, all will remain open, he said.
“Supply is way, way off,” Thornbrugh said Thursday.
The Oklahoma-based company diverted gasoline deliveries in a similar way last year in metro Atlanta, where it has about 133 stores, after the Alabama pipeline spill.
The Colonial Pipeline, a crucial artery in the nation’s fuel supply network, runs from the Houston area to New York harbor and includes more than 5,500 miles of pipeline, most of it underground. It closed in September 2016 after a leak and gas spill in Alabama, leading to days of empty gas station pumps and higher prices in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.
Residents of states wherein the pipeline runs are advised to get fuel immediately before it runs out. States affected immediately are: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, NEW JERSEY and NEW YORK CITY.
Are you the kind of prepper that suspects that diesel and gasoline will become unavailable soon after a major social collapse occurs? If so, then you have to read this article!
You may have made any one of the following decisions that can spell absolute destruction once these fuels are no longer available.
Since diesel and gasoline were only invented in the late 1800’s, it will not be so hard to “go back” to a lifestyle without these fuels. Even though there are isolated groups of people throughout the world that survive without these fuels, they also dedicate their entire lives to basic survival. If you are not accustomed to this lifestyle, a few camping trips and survivor practice drills won’t make you ready to live without these fuels.
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Reader question: What is the best way to store fuel, gasoline or kerosene? I was thinking of burring a 55 gallon drum with the top at ground level, with a hand pump for access. Do you paint the drum with tar? What do you suggest on both issues?
Gasoline is probably the hardest fuel to store for any length of time. It has a high vapor pressure (which means it evaporates quickly) and will go stale in a few weeks if not chemically treated. Stored gasoline must be treated with an additive like STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer (pretty good) or even better… PRI-G (gasoline) or PRI-D (diesel), and protected from moisture if it is to be stored for any length of time. Gasoline has an auto-ignition temperature of 536-degrees Fahrenheit (the minimum temperature required to ignite a gas or vapor in air without a spark or flame being present).
Kerosene is one of the easiest fuels to store, and is more versatile than most people think. It does not evaporate as readily as gasoline and will remain stable in storage with no special treatment. Many pre-1950 farm tractor engines were designed to run on kerosene, and diesels will run on kerosene if necessary. With an auto-ignition temperature very similar to gasoline, kerosene will auto-ignite in air at 563-degrees F.
With regards to smaller fuel storage containers, use only approved containers. While there are approved plastic containers, these often have caps or seals that can get lost. The best way to safely store gasoline is in a heavy duty, self-closing approved metal gasoline safety can marked with letters UL (approved by Underwriters Laboratory).
…a few common-sense precautions
- Keep gasoline out of children’s sight and reach.
- Never store gasoline in glass containers or non-reusable plastic containers such as milk jugs.
- Store only enough gasoline necessary to power equipment and let machinery cool before refueling it.
- Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent.
- Clean up spills promptly and discard clean-up materials properly.
- Do not smoke when handling gasoline.
- Never use gasoline in place of kerosene.
- Only fill portable gasoline containers outdoors. Place the container on the ground before filling and never fill containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck.
If the storage location is permanent, and you are considering using a buried tank, set it below the frost line where temperatures are stable at 55° F or so, which will inhibit evaporation. If buried fuel tanks offend your sense of environmental responsibility, then consider above ground storage, or an underground vault which has the added advantage of being able to inspect the tanks from time to time.
55-gallon steel drums can be useful for above-ground storage, vertical with a hand pump or horizontally mounted on a rack with a spigot valve. An advantage to this method is that it is portable (compared to underground storage). Store in a shaded place because sunlight will speed up the oxidation process of the fuel and temperature swings will cause condensation to form at the bottom (keep a valve at the bottom to periodically drain for this purpose). Keeping the tank near full will reduce chances of condensation. You could use a fuel filter at the output valve to separate the water from fuel if this is a concern.
Although you should consult your local regulations regarding underground (and above ground) fuel storage, ‘if’ one were to decide to bury a 55-gallon steel drum, know that all steel tanks will eventually leak, a not so good prospect if underground. If you must store fuel underground, you should use purpose-built underground storage tanks. Otherwise, be sure to at least coat the tank exterior with many coats of rust inhibitor and/or coat with a thick coat of heavy roofing tar which will help significantly.
What happens if we lose power indefinitely — foods that require freezing or refrigeration for long term storage are going to go bad? Emergency food storage in advance will be the only way to feed yourself and your family.
Note: “Poly” drums (the type for water storage) are made of high density plastic, and should not be used to store fuel because over time, the fuel will react with the plastic and gradually deteriorate the drum interior.
Today, the recommended UST (Underground Storage Tank) for fuel are made of double-wall fiberglass reinforced plastic.
Regarding EPA regulations:
The following USTs do not need to meet federal requirements for USTs:
- Farm and residential tanks of 1,100 gallons or less capacity holding motor fuel used for noncommercial purposes;
- Tanks storing heating oil used on the premises where it is stored;
- Tanks on or above the floor of underground areas, such as basements or tunnels;
- Septic tanks and systems for collecting storm water and wastewater;
- Flow-through process tanks;
- Tanks of 110 gallons or less capacity; and
- Emergency spill and overfill tanks.
To directly answer the question of what is the best way to store fuel… If you’re talking about quantities like 55-gallon drums, the safest way is underground provided that you are using approved UST’s. I would seriously look at what is available for fiberglass reinforced tanks, although this will cost more than an ordinary steel drum. I do like the notion of portability if stored above ground. Depending on your property, it may be simple enough to discretely hide it.
Be very aware that unlike years ago, today’s fuels are refined such that they will not last long in storage, due to EPA regulations. So you will need to rotate what you have.
Just remember to do your due-diligence to research the best solutions for you and your location.
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Gasoline and home generators
In case you own a home generator for use during power outages, you should never try to store gas in its tank. This is again due to gasoline’s tendency to rapidly break down. If your generator is unused for an extended period, the gas sitting in it may cause severe destruction to the internal parts. Instead, store your gasoline in an approved receptacle and only add the gas to your generator when you need to. Don’t store your gas in the same room or location where your generator operates either, since a generator is a potential source of ignition.
It is important for anyone who handles gas to understand how to safely store this fuel.
Many preppers think of a social collapse as something that will suddenly spring up and catch everyone off guard. Far too many people think about the kind of slow disaster evolving even as we enjoy the benefits of our modern world. A convergence of a handful of events can create a situation where diesel and gasoline are no longer available.
Without these fuels, just about everything you are accustomed to will unavailable.
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