• 5 minutes Iran Says It Arrested 17 CIA Spies, Some Sentenced To Death
  • 9 minutes Will We Ever See 100$+ OIL?
  • 13 minutes Iran downs US drone. No military response . . Just Destroy their economy. Can Senator Kerry be tried for aiding enemy ?
  • 43 mins Iran Loses $130,000,000 Oil Revenue Every Day They Continue Their Games . . . .Opportunity Lost . . . Will Never Get It Back. . . . . LOL .
  • 14 hours Oil Giant Saudi Arabia Is Set to Start First Wind-Power Plant
  • 20 mins Renewables provided only about 4% of total global energy needs in 2018
  • 8 hours How is E&P of Marginal Oil on the UKCS Similar to the Shale Oil Operations in the US?
  • 1 hour So You Think We’re Reducing Fossil Fuel? — Think Again
  • 1 hour N.Y. Governor Signs Climate Bill
  • 9 hours Berkeley becomes first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new homes
  • 12 hours EIA Reports Are Fraudulent : EIA Is Conspiring With Trump To Keep Oil Prices Low
  • 3 hours U.S. Administration Moves To End Asylum Protections For Central Americans
  • 24 hours First limpet mines . . . . now fly a drone at low altitude directly at U.S. Navy ship. Think Iran wanted it taken out ? Maybe ? YES
  • 22 hours Today in Energy
  • 19 hours Which is a better domain name for OAPEC?
  • 16 hours Shale Oil will it self destruct?

EPA Waives Pollution Rules Ahead Of Florence Landfall

Hurricane Florence

The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily waived air pollution rules in Georgia and Virginia as Hurricane Florence approaches the coast and locals’ preparations for the landfall cause a decline in fuel supply.

Reuters quotes the EPA as saying “extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstances exist in portions of Virginia and Georgia as a result of the approaching hurricane,” motivated the rules waiver. It came a day after the agency granted the same waiver to North and South Carolina.

As it did for South and North Carolina, the EPA waived federal requirements about gasoline volatility—the Reid vapor pressure requirements—until September 15. Other rules, regarding reformulated gasoline and reformulated gasoline stock blending have been waived until the end of the month.

The authority also warned against fuel retailers hiking prices at the pump too much, but even so, gas prices on the U.S. East Coast are surging this week ahead of and during Hurricane Florence’s landfall, as residents have started to evacuate from the Carolinas and Virginia, for which U.S. President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency.

“A storm like this typically causes an increase in fuel purchases in the market and a slowdown in retail demand. Motorists can expect spikes in pump prices to be brief, but possibly dramatic,” Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuation in areas of their states earlier this week. The evacuation concerns more than a million people. Coastal residents have already started leaving the shores to head west inland, but many are finding empty gas pumps as gasoline stations are sold out of gas.

Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolina late today or tomorrow, according to the national Hurricane Center. Afterwards, it may drift along the coast to the southwest and then move inland.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play