Diesel shortage worsens in Fort St. John

A UFA representative is recommending diesel-hungry cardlock users get up bright and early if they want to fuel up their vehicles.

Wayne Hock of UFA says the current diesel shortage in Western Canada has grown so dire that his company is importing diesel from the U.S. to help supply truckers and their vehicles. Hock says the company is currently only able to provide 70 per cent of the diesel they would normally stock.

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The shortage is the result of unanticipated demand combined with the temporary shutdown of two major diesel-producing refineries in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan for upgrading. Additionally, an Esso refinery in Edmonton has shut down operations starting last Saturday for maintenance, limiting further the amount of diesel produced in the area.

The station isn’t the only one in Fort St. John whose diesel tanks are often empty these days. At last report, the Petro-Canada Cardlock on Alaska Ave was completely out of diesel, while the Co op Cardlock on 91st Ave has stopped accepting applications for new members and is considering restricting its hours. The shutdowns only worsen the situation for cardlocks in the area, as it increases demand for the diesel they do get.

The only type of diesel which may soon return to normal supply levels is dyed diesel, which is expected to have a reduced demand as the harvest season finishes up in the next few weeks.

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