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New York, New England Ration Heating Oil Even Before Peak Winter

  • Fuel stockpiles in New England are a third of seasonal norms
  • High cost forces consumers to partially fill heating oil tanks

The US Northeast is so short on heating oil that the fuel used to power home furnaces is being rationed even before the start of winter.

Some wholesalers in Connecticut are putting retailers on allocation, meaning they can only get a limited amount of fuel based on availability, according to Chris Herb, president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents around 600 family-owned retailers in the state. These retailers must in turn ration their customers.