B.C.’s fuel rationing has been extended until December 14, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnsworth said Monday.
In Metro Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, and other parts of southwestern BC the general public will be limited to only 30 liters of gas per trip to a gas station.
This means that the following areas are affected:
- Lower Mainland to Hope
- sea to sky
- Sunshine Coast
- gulf islands
- vancouver island
This expansion comes as the Trans Mountain pipeline remains closed.
The company said in a statement on Friday that it could resume at reduced capacity this week.
“Once restarted, deliveries of oil and refined products currently in line will continue as they move to their delivery points in Kamloops, Sumas or Burnaby. After the initial start-up, a sustained effort will continue to bring the system back to its full potential at the earliest,” the statement read.
The pipeline has been voluntarily closed since Sunday, November 14, when an atmospheric river collided with BC
Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said on Friday that the province’s fuel supply was “stagnant” even without the pipeline.
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Dan McTeague, a petroleum analyst with Canadians for Affordable Energy, said Friday that the longer the Trans Mountain pipeline, the more customers will continue to see restricted purchases and some limited supplies at the pumps.
“In a best-case scenario, we’re not going to see anything until the first, second week of December, and possibly Christmas, before everything returns to what we consider normal,” he said, from Parkland in Burnaby, BC. Connecting the refinery. Still have to restart operations.
There is a long list of vehicles that are not limited to 30 liters.
It also includes:
- Emergency service vehicles (health care including fire, police, ambulance and immediate medical treatment)
- public transport vehicle
- Commercial Transport Trucks – Important Goods and Services (Food & Beverage, Health Care, Safety)
- refrigerated truck
- Potable Water Distribution / Waste Water Service
- Grocery Delivery
- Road Repair, Maintenance & Recovery Vehicles / Tow Trucks
- military vehicle
- Critical infrastructure, construction and repair vehicles
- home care workers
- city service vehicle
- first nation government service vehicle
- BC Ferries / Coast Guard / Tugboats / Marine Emergency / Pilot Boats
- Canada Post and other couriers/package delivery vehicles
- Vehicles for the provision of important government services
- Airport Authority Vehicles and Air Travel
- Waste Disposal / Recycling
- BC Hydro, Fortis and other heavy-duty and light-duty utility vehicles
- Telecommunications Repair and Installation Vehicle
- fuel delivery trucks and boats
- school buses
- the cab
- Agricultural and agricultural use vehicles, including vehicles that support flood response
- Veterinarians supporting flood response
- inter city buses