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Domino Gas Station on St. John to Reopen Soon

St. John’s Domino Gas Station will reopen in the "next two weeks or so," according to St. John Administrator Leona Smith. The station, one of only two on St. John (and the only one in Coral Bay), has been closed for several months.
"They have received the green light from the Coast Guard regarding the barge," Smith said Thursday. Smith indicated that the U.S. Coast Guard stopped the barge that delivers gas to the station from operating.
U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said it was unlikely that he would be able to get further information.
Calls to Domino headquarters on St. Thomas were not returned.
According to Smith, Domino is in the process of scheduling pickup of fuel by its trucks at the Puerto Rico refinery.
Rumors have swirled around St. John that the Domino station had gone out of business.
"The good news to the public is that they’re not going out of business," Smith said.
With the Domino closed, pressure on the supply at E&C gas station in Cruz Bay increased.
"We have run out of product for a couple of hours," Chris Todman, an owner at E&C, said.
When the station was out of one type of gas, it was regular. Todman said that most people prefer regular over premium.
The station did run entirely out of gas once, Todman said. However, she said that situation occurred because E&C was unaware that Domino was closed.
"Most of the times, we stayed on top of it," she said.
However, Todman pointed out that E&C’s fuel tanks only hold "so much," so they can’t keep larger amounts of fuel on hand.
Myrtle Barry, an owner and manager at E&C, said that the extra demand increased traffic at the gas station, forcing customers to wait longer than she’d like to buy fuel.
The gas station buys its fuel from Hovensa, but Barry said the St. Croix-based refinery restricts purchases to three truck loads per week. The trucks are then barged to St. John.
This doesn’t please Barry, who said Hovensa should sell E&C and other local companies the amount of fuel they need to operate.
No one at Hovensa could be reached for comment.

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