When you receive a terrible medical diagnosis, you may turn to statistics to try and figure out what this means for your prospects--your possible survival. But 11 years later, in 2007, I developed breathing trouble, and found that the original cancer had in fact spread, or metastasized, to my lung sac, chest wall, and several bones. OK, with my Stage 4 diagnosis ("distant"=metastatic), I am the green diamonds on the rather sadly plummeting bottom line.
And, although the survivor line plunges down at first, it begins to level off after a while, suggesting the presence of a base group of people who live for a loooooonnnnnnnnggggggg time.
Since we’re among friends (please forget for a moment what I said about statistics in the opening), we can loosely interpret these group survival percentages as probabilities that an individual person in the group who survives the “conditional period” (X years) will survive another 5 years. Again, this graph suggests that for metastatic breast cancer, “distant” (green diamond) survivors, there is a core who are going to make it for a long, long time. I wish the same for you--whoever you are--who may have a "terminal" diagnosis", of any kind--remember, statistics are about groups of people; and you are an individual. Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM PT: Thanks SO MUCH for the wonderful (((hugs))), comments, recs, and spotlight!
Terminals are just a collection of storage tanks and truck offloading facilities that enable convenient resupply of local gas stations. While the terminals may be located near population centers and highways, depending on where you live there might not be a terminal very nearby. There are some parts of the country where gasoline (or diesel) needs to be transported significant distances to reach the consumer. This inspired today’s post which I thought to discover maps to indicate where the gas comes from before reaching your local service stations. You might also be curious to re-read the following article, When The Trucks Stop, It’s Over. For your interest, the largest three refineries in the United States are located in Port Arthur Texas, Baytown Texas, and Garyville Louisiana. We store gas, but I know that is a short term solution that will carry us for 30 to 60 days if we are frugal. You might consider getting a flammable Liquid rated hand operated pump with a dip suction pipe of varying lengths because most gas storage tanks are under ground and vary in depth that they are buried. Anyone who was driving in the late 70’s should know better than to take fuel for granted.
If gas supplies were interrupted that would not affect the supply of natural gas, which a vehicle can be converted to operate on.
The theme of this topic is to live close to a refinery, or source of distribution, but priority of need (in the eyes of the government) would supersede close proximity.
When the gas stations are dark, stand in front of them with the rest of the crowd with your gas cans and make the loudest noise so that everybody knows that guy ain’t got no gas.

The John Deere tractors, prior to and after WWII (they stopped manufacture of new tractors during the war), came from the factory with two fuel tanks. There’s not much we as citizens can do aside from being reactive when it comes to fuel shortages. There are several smaller rail crossings that would also come down severely impacting the west coast and western states refineries ability to receive and refine crude. I remain disgusted at the Federal government’s inability to do anything with efficiency, effectiveness or in any manner remotely resembling anything that is profitable for the taxpayers. This topic covers the locations of refineries and distribution centers, another important factor is the route from the refinery to the distribution center and then to individual gas stations. Survival blog topics for a life of preparedness and risk awareness; emergency and disaster or threats thereof. I believe in finding out the facts, and then setting my mind to do what I have to, to keep going. The treatment was local--simple, limited surgery ("lumpectomy"--a nice combination of vernacular and technical), and 6 weeks of radiation. At Stage 4, metastatic disease, there is no "cure"--only treatment to try and push back the disease, to hold if off as long as possible.
This means, for a group that survives X years, what percent of them will live another 5 years? That is, having now lived more than 5 years after my diagnosis of metastasis, I can claim that I have about a 50-50 chance of making it to 10 years. Energy Information Administration, there are 140 operable refineries in the United States, and at their maximum capacity are able to process 19,134,102 barrels of crude oil per day — and a subset of 4,297,181 barrels of diesel fuel per day and 2,727,384 barrels of gasoline per day. An oil refinery produces gasoline, diesel, and other petroleum products and will transport them underground through pipelines to these terminals.
During a disruptive period, it might be interesting to note your proximity to the various terminals to appreciate the potential difficulty of transportation during a breakdown of distribution.
Also pay attention to lower pipe slowly to ensure the end doesn’t puncture the tank bottom because most tanks now are fiberglass. Your friend was correct that they started on gasoline and you could switch to either diesel or kerosene after it warmed up. One section of town had no drinkable water for a couple of weeks because he tornado damaged the water holding tanks. Even those who have prepared with storage to some degree, including myself, will eventually run out of fuel. This is of fairly high concern to me as the railroad is immediately adjacent to our favorite get-out-of-town campground and not that far from where we live. But that’s only 50% of my group who are doomed at 2 years—and as it’s been longer than that for me, I’m obviously not in that bunch.

Seems logical to me—and this pattern is especially noticeable for the “distant” (green diamond) group members, who have the lowest survival to begin with. Tanker trucks can then load products from these terminals and distribute fuel to various service stations (gas stations). Dont forget to use a grounding wire when in use and having another person with a large properly rated fire extinguisher.
One of our major concerns is that the intercontinental railway system runs two parallel lines through a small canyon adjacent to the I-84 canyon route as well. As this story developed, I knew that my prospects for long-term survival were pretty terrible, but I wanted to find out as much as I could about my particular disease state. Some people have a bad disease at diagnosis—multiple tumor sites in lungs, liver, brain—and they don’t live long. Any small earthquake will disrupt all rail traffic and OTR traffic through that area for months or until sufficient infrastructure can be brought in to make the necessary repairs.
We have had a number of questions about would happen, what we would have to do in the event of a derailment. I believe there was a decent sized derailment of tank cars carrying oil in West Virginia a few months back. Fortunately there was a 24 hour gas station by where I lived and I worked nights so I would go fill up at 2 in the morning when there was very little traffic. I am not sure about keeping the refinery operational, but I believe they could load trucks if the trucks could get there. But I do have to add that we have also noted that there has been a significant and noticeable increase in surveillance by the railroad of their operations in recent years.
Once running on diesel or kerosene, you could only stop the engine by turning off the fuel to the engine. But a derailment would not result in any fuel shortage, if that were the cargo, but it would mean a speedy immediate evacuation. However, while the lack of police and and EMA wasn’t a big deal here, it could have been a serious issue in Huntsville, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa had the power been out in those areas much longer (I think they were out for 3 days).
I think there was definitely a bullet dodged by getting the fuel system back up and going in three days for those cities. Most station owners had there pumps up on backup genys within 24 hours but there was no delivery for three days after the pumps ran dry on what they had.

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