Congressman Graves calls on President Biden to send fleet of fuel to Louisiana

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A hand written sign is posted on a gas pump, showing that the service station is out of all grades of fuel Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. Several gas stations in the Southeast reported running out of fuel, primarily because of what analysts say is unwarranted panic-buying among drivers, as the shutdown of a major pipeline by hackers entered its fifth day. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- U.S. Congressman Graves has asked President Biden to immediately bring in a fleet of fuel trucks to address the devastating fuel shortage. This demand comes after President Biden visited Louisiana on Friday and Graves told him firsthand a remedy was needed as soon as possible.

Graves notes in the letter how important fuel is right now for everyday uses, “While emergency workers and linemen work to restore power to Louisiana’s impacted communities, gasoline-powered generators are being used to run critical infrastructure like medical special needs shelters, nursing homes, and hospitals. For these facilities, and for folks at home, generators provide a critical supply of power to oxygen machines and ventilators, keep the medically vulnerable cool during the intense summer heat, refrigerate insulin and other cold storage medications, and address other important health care needs. The Emergency Operations Centers are using generators to power their equipment and organize disaster response and recovery, and many pumping stations are relying on temporary power supplies to keep sewage out of people’s homes. Fuel is further needed for search and rescues, wellness checks, medical transports, supply drops, and even to power chain saws and other equipment used to clear debris from roads.”

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