Why do fuel prices fluctuate in the Mackenzie Delta?

Some people in the Mackenzie Delta want to know why the price of fuel in their communities fluctuates, when the annual fuel supply arrives once a year by barge.

'I don't think it is legitimate,' says Inuvik mayor Floyd Roland

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.

Inuvik mayor Floyd Roland wants to know why the price of gas in his community fluctuates throughout the year. (CBC)

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.  

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