Gas Shortage Being Felt in Cape Breton
A gas shortage that’s left gas stations dry in parts of the mainland is also being felt in Cape Breton.
The Irving gas station in Waycobah ran out of all types of gas at around 3 on Sunday afternoon and was still waiting for a delivery, yesterday.
The Esso in nearby Whycocomagh had run out of regular gas, yesterday.
While most gas stations in Sydney and surrounding areas still had gasoline and were in full operation, yesterday, Imperial Oil spokesperson Merle MacIsaac says a daily limit for all customers is currently in place at the Sydney terminal.
MacIsaac adds that means it’s first-come, first-served until the limit for gas is reached each day.
Imperial Oil blames the shortage on delayed tanker ships and adds regular gas was being shipped to customers from its Dartmouth terminal by 8:00 yesterday morning.
However, the vice-president of Wilson’s Fuel, Dave Collins, said yesterday he suspects it will take five days before all stations across the province are resupplied with gasoline.
Meanwhile, Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey says the province is monitoring the current gas shortage and re-stocking efforts.
He adds they’re looking at how a similar shortage can be prevented in the future while acknowledging that the government does not regulate the supply of gasoline.