Boston Harbor to host emergency gasoline reserves

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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Harbor will soon be home to half a million gallons of federal emergency gasoline reserves.

The Energy Department made the announcement Friday as part of a plan to address future fuel disruptions in the New York City area and New England like those caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The reserves in the Boston and New York harbor areas will total 1 million gallons.

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said the specific location of the reserves in the Boston Harbor area hasn’t been decided yet, but will be in existing tanks which will be leased.

The government will be soliciting bids and hopes to have the gasoline reserves in place before the start of the 2014 hurricane season this fall.  Markey said the new reserve complements the existing Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve.

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