NJ Governor Chris Christie’s Administration’s Handling of the Gasoline Crisis Applauded; Riggins Oil, Releases Statistics on Sandy Response Efforts

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Riggins Oil meets demand for over 7 million gallons of fuel in response to Superstorm Sandy. Recovery speeded by Christie Administration's quick work.

His Administration’s work to clear bureaucratic hurdles and quickly implement common sense solutions helped limit the damage and speed the recovery.

Riggins Oil CEO Paul Riggins issued a statement today applauding the Christie Administration’s response to the gasoline crisis following Superstorm Sandy. Riggins Oil, one of the largest New Jersey based distributors of gasoline and diesel, also released internal data on its response efforts to the unprecedented devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy across New Jersey and surrounding states.

“Governor Christie’s team worked night and day with Riggins to get the gasoline and emergency generator fuel to the places that needed it most. His Administration’s work to clear bureaucratic hurdles and quickly implement common sense solutions helped limit the damage and speed the recovery. Given the magnitude of the storm and the impact on the industry’s infrastructure, it could have been a whole lot worse were it not for Governor Christie’s leadership,” said Paul Riggins.

The destruction in Sandy’s wake caused refineries, terminals, and pipelines to close for extended periods of time, causing significant and very dangerous disruptions for consumers, businesses, and government organizations across the region. Riggins also said he had not seen the oil industry in such turmoil in all of his 35 years in the industry. The company experienced a 75% increase in call volume in the two weeks following the storm.

Riggins Oil survived the storm with minimal damage to its core operations and was able to continuously access supplies of gasoline, diesel, and heating oil after the storm because it maintains a distribution network that has access to ports in Delaware, Philadelphia, and New York. In the two weeks following Sandy, Riggins was able to access and distribute over 7 million gallons of fuel throughout the region. Matt Riggins, Strategy Director, said that the top priority for the company during the response was to supply fuel to critical infrastructure providing basic services like water and sewer, as well as to essential elements of the emergency response effort like emergency generators at fire and police stations, hospitals, military bases, and communications towers. Riggins Oil supplied over 1 million gallons of fuel to 680 critical government entities across the affected regions, and delivered over 5.5 million gallons of fuel to 1,300 gasoline service stations.

Riggins Oil, Inc., family owned and operated since 1926, is a Southern New Jersey business, providing a wide range of energy solutions to consumer, commercial, and government customers. Riggins Oil has over 30 Riggins gas stations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and offers wholesale and retail delivery of gasoline, heating oil, diesel, and more to customers throughout the region.

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