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 Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 2005. The impact will last far longer than the initial landfall because of heavy rainfall flooding parts of Texas and parts of Louisiana. Here are resources to assist retailers affected and information on the retail fueling infrastructure.

Media Contacts
NACS
Jeff Lenard; 
jlenard@convenience.org or (703) 518-4272

Texas Food & Fuel Association​
Jesus Azanza; jazanza@tffa.com or (512) 617-4309​​

American Red Cross
NACS has partnered with the Red Cross to help facilitate collecting donations. Click here to donate money and visit convenience.org/redcross​ to learn other ways to help. The Red Cross also has information on disaster preparedness.

Resources
Fuel Waivers
On Sept. 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a waiver of the federal requirements for low volatility "summertime" gasoline requirements ​in all east coast states located in PADD 1, all midwestern states located in PADD 2, an all Gulf coast states located in PADD 3. In addition, EPA waived the Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) requirements in these same states. This waiver supersedes the August 31 waiver of the gasoline requirements for PADDs 1-3. 

The EPA has issued emergency waivers of certain fuel standards and hours of operation in affected areas.

FERC Approves Emergency Tariff Waiver for Colonial Pipeline​: On September 5, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted the Colonial Pipeline Company’s request for an emergency waiver of certain requirements of its tariffs for petroleum products transportation service between origin points in the Gulf Coast region and destination points on its pipeline system throughout the Southern and Eastern Seaboard states. 

Hours of Operation Waivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued hours of operation waivers in response to anticipated fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines.

SNAP Waivers
The USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service has issued waivers for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients​ in Texas.

Fuel Supply and Infrastructure Texas Food & Fuel Association Resources  Convenience Matters Podcast
Additional NACS Resources

Disaster Recovery & Relief
Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, open shelters and recovery centers and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Unfortunately, disasters often bring out criminals who prey on the needs of disaster survivors by offering fraudulent services. Click here to read “How To Avoid and Report Scam Artists After a Disaster.”

Texas Statistics
  • Texas has 30 of the country’s 141 refineries (21.2%) and an even larger percentage of operable refining capacity: 5.67 of the country’s 18.62 million barrels/day (30.5%)
  • Texas is home to 15,671 convenience stores, 10.1% of the country’s 154,535 convenience stores
  • Overall, 10,522 convenience stores in Texas sell fuel, 8.5% of the country’s 123,807 convenience stores that sell fuel
Louisiana Statistics
  • Louisiana has 18 of the country’s 141 refineries (12.8%) and an even larger percentage of operable refining capacity: 3.34 of the country’s 18.62 million barrels/day (17.9%)
  • Louisiana is home to 3,297 convenience stores, 2.1% of the country’s 154,535 convenience stores
  • Overall, 2,397 convenience stores in Louisiana sell fuel, 1.9% of the country’s 123,807 convenience stores that sell fuel