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Buffalo part of new strategic fuel reserve

New York state will store fuel in Buffalo and five other upstate locations as part of a new strategic fuel reserve, for use in the event of emergencies like severe storms.

A total of 2.5 million gallons of gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel will be stored at the six sites. The state will own the fuel, and Buckeye Terminals LLC will manage the reserves. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will administer the program with $10 million provided by the New York Power Authority.

The fuel reserve is part of Fuel NY, an initiative launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in response to disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The other five locations are in Rensselaer, Brewerton, Rochester, Marcy and Vestal.