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MELBOURNE, Australia (Oct. 6, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Fuel rationing has been imposed in American Samoa to prevent supplies from being completely exhausted. The territory's Office of Petroleum Management says that if consumption continues at the present rate, supplies will run out by Friday  October 11. The next shipment is not due until 18 October.

The shortage hit after a Mobil tanker was turned away from Pago Pago last week. Mobil and British Petroleum Southwest Pacific are working on alternative methods to ship fuel to American Samoa, such as from Fiji via coastal tankers. If the tankers do not meet Coast Guard requirements, they will travel to the Samoan capital, Apia, and the fuel [will be] shipped from there. Rationing will be eased if the arrangement is successful.

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