Gas stations can be shuttered without any public outcry if they are not serving customers “in a manner that minimizes their exposure to harmful levels of CO2,” the state’s attorney general said in a ruling Thursday.
The decision from New Jersey follows a lawsuit filed in January by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Sierra Club.
“The law is clear: If a gas station serves more than 10,000 customers, it can’t shut down,” Eric T. Schneiderman, New Jersey AG, said in his ruling.
If you serve customers in an unhealthy manner, you are risking the health of those who rely on the gas station.” “
It’s a difficult balance.
If you serve customers in an unhealthy manner, you are risking the health of those who rely on the gas station.”
New Jersey is one of the largest gas-producing states in the country, and the state is the nation’s third largest producer of LPG.
The state has been working with regulators since at least March to address the gas-station shutdowns, which occurred during peak summer months.
The gas stations are also the only gas stations that can be closed if they serve more than two customers at a time, and those shutdowns have caused hardship for customers.
In response, the gas stations have argued that they serve customers and their families.
The Sierra Club filed suit against New Jersey’s Attorney General in April, alleging that the state was using the gas shutdowns to shut down gas stations in New Jersey in order to “effectively punish and deter customers from using their gas stations.”
The lawsuit also claimed that the shutdowns caused financial hardship for gas stations and customers.
At least 13 gas stations, which the lawsuit said were in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and New Jersey, are now closed.
Gas stations that were in California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia have all closed.