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Gas pump is fixed in Arviat

Government offers one-day reprieve on gas price hike after a broken gas pump left Arviat without gas for just over a week.
People in Arviat were without gas for eight days over New Year's when a gas pump in the community broke down. (Grant Linton/CBC)

The community gas pump in Arviat has been replaced.

The gas dispenser motor stopped working Dec. 28, and that meant no gas for customers.

Padlei Co-op started pumping gas again on New Year's Eve, and the gas bar was open on New Year’s Day.

People in Arviat are getting a short reprieve from the Nunavut gas price increase because of the pump problems. Gas prices across the territory went up by 20 cents a litre Jan. 1.

Officials say Arviat residents have until midnight tonight (Friday) to buy gas at the old price.

The gas price hike will take effect in Arviat on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Corrections

  • Arviat residents will be able to buy gas at the old price until midnight Jan. 3. The original version of this story included incorrect information.
    Jan 03, 2014 9:50 AM CT