A broken fuel truck means local staff are unable to deliver fuel in Taloyoak, Nunavut.

On April 11, the Nunavut government issued a "Notice to All Airmen," warning airlines of the problem.

“We are aware of the situation,” said Scott Cooper, Nunavut’s director of petroleum products in Rankin Inlet, which supplies home heating fuel and jet fuel in the communities.

“It was something that happened suddenly, which does happen to equipment up in the Arctic and anywhere else in the world," he said. “We've identified it and we've addressed it and we've got personnel in now to get it up and running as soon as possible.”

Cooper said maintenance staff arrived in the community on Tuesday.

They’ll gather samples to be analyzed as a precautionary measure, before jet fuel can be delivered from the tank farm to an airplane.

Cooper said he hopes the notice to the airlines will be lifted by next weekend.

Canadian North says it hasn't had to cancel any scheduled flights into Taloyoak other than due to bad weather.

It also says until the jet fuel delivery truck is fixed, planes have to carry extra fuel when flying into the community.


  • A previous version of this story said flights had been cancelled due to fuel delivery problem. The flights were cancelled due to weather.
    Apr 23, 2014 1:42 PM CT