Nova Scotia

Gas shortages in N.S. may continue

There will be enough gasoline in Nova Scotia to keep cars on the road this month, but individual stations may still run out, says a spokesman for the Imperial Oil refinery.
There was no fuel at one Petro-Canada station on the Bedford Highway for nearly 40 hours. (CBC)

There will be enough gasoline in Nova Scotia to keep cars on the road this month, but individual stations may still run out, says a spokesman for the Imperial Oil refinery.

Merle MacIsaac said the refinery in Dartmouth should be running again in three weeks.

Until then, the company has agreements with Canadian and international suppliers to bring in enough gas to meet the average consumption rate at this time of year.

"There can be occasional run-outs of product at an individual station depending on how they're managing their inventory. But in terms of overall supply, those arrangements are in place," he said Monday.

A lightning strike 10 days ago halted production at the refinery — the main source of gasoline in the province.

The refinery then entered its scheduled summer maintenance period early before it could stockpile fuel.

Gas shortages have been plaguing drivers since late last week. Many stations around the province ran out of fuel as demand jumped for the long weekend.

For example, one Petro-Canada station on the Bedford Highway near Halifax was out of gas from 4 p.m. Sunday until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.