Foster Fuels Inc. has been delivering fuel to critical infrastructure and crews working to restore power in the aftermath of the Texas ice storms that left more than four million people without power.
Initially the company, based in Brookneal, Virginia, dispatched about two dozen trucks. The count has now grown to more than 110, delivering diesel fuel and gasoline after an emergency fuel activation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Since the storm devastated access to local fuel reserves within Texas, Foster has been sourcing fuel from 12 states, as far away as Utah and Ohio. So far, Foster Fuels said, it has dispensed around 500,000 gallons of fuel. Providing support to crews from American Electric Power, 15 data centers, four hospitals, and four locations storing doses of the COVID-19 vaccine under hazardous conditions.
“Road travel has been challenging as our trucks move further south, but we have been able to use information from DOT and highway webcams to direct our team in the safest route,” Foster Fuels’ senior vice president, Will Rohrig, said in a Feb. 22 statement that marked one full week of relief efforts by the company. “Not only do we have our eyes on the road, but also on keeping our drivers and the public safe from COVID. The vast majority of our drivers are vaccinated, and all are following appropriate protocols.”
Foster expects the mission will continue for at least one to two more weeks. Rohrig said, “We are proud of the men and women working hard to help those affected and we look forward to all of them returning home safely to their families,” he said.
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