Growing Gas Shortage in Northwestern Ontario

Gas prices are dropping across the Thunder Bay District. The lowest prices are on Fort William First Nation
Gas prices are dropping across the Thunder Bay District. The lowest prices are on Fort William First Nation

Adding to headaches, a fuel shortage in Thunder Bay has lineups and confusion.
Adding to headaches, a fuel shortage in Thunder Bay has lineups and confusion.

Gas Stations Report Mixed Blend

THUNDER BAY – News – Updated 16:00- Across the City of Thunder Bay and now Marathon, Nipigon, Schreiber, Manitouwadge there are gas stations that are out of gas. The situation coming at the start of the Christmas holiday travelling season couldn’t come at a worse time.

David R. Williams from Shell reports, “Due to logistical and weather related issues, we experienced short-term run-outs at some of our Retail sites in the Thunder Bay area. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused our customers and assure them this supply issue is temporary.”

Leanne Dohy from Imperial Oil tells NNL, “We have experienced weather delays, and rail backups”. Imperial Oil stations that are experiencing tightness in the market are not company owned service stations.

“We are doing everything in our power to get fuel to our customers,” stated Dohy. “There is a tightness of supply in the market right now”.

The story started breaking in the media on Friday, but there were rumours and discussions about the issue for about a week.

Shell stations on Red River Road in Thunder Bay are out of gas already. There are numerous stations across the city in a similar position.

Getting Reports from the Region Update

Further west the situation is less grim. The Shell in Upsala reports no problems with fuel or supplies.

Bobby’s Shell in Vermilion Bay just east of Dryden has gas, and are expecting a shipment later today.

The Great Bear Shell in Fort Frances is just fine too. Donna reports, “We have gas”.

The issue appears to be with Ontario based deliveries of fuel to stations. All the stations to the west of Thunder Bay get their gas, they report from Winnipeg.

Updates on Fuel

UPDATED – Don McArthur reports, Schreiber Voyageur Top Hat on Highway 17 “Gas arrived at Voy. Back in business!” at 15:45EST.

Husky on Cumberland Street reports they are running on empty as well. About two hours before the station will be re-fuelled – Report in at 13:35EST.

Santorellis report they have no problems, they have lots of gas.

The Husky on Alloy Drive has premium fuel only. They should be good for a couple more hours according to the station.

If you have information on stations that are open, or out of gas please email newsroom@netnewsledger.com