Every August, barges bring a year’s worth of fuel to communities in the Northwest Territories’ Mackenzie Delta.
But for consumers in those communities, the price of fuel still changes according to the day-to-day pressures of the market.
Charlie Furlong is the mayor of Aklavik.
“We consider that fuel and gas 'dead gas' because it was delivered in August of last year and there hasn't been any other deliveries,” he says. “So the price should stay at the price it was delivered last August.”
Inuvik Mayor Floyd Roland agrees.
He's calling on the N.W.T. government to look in to the issue.
“I would ask that your community affairs division, that's within the municipal and community affairs department, look at this practice. I don't think it is legitimate.”
Imperial Oil said in an email the price of oil is a complex issue.
It says federal, provincial and municipal taxes and the costs for retailers influence the price.