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2013-12-20 at 10:52

Fuel frustration

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Rumours of a looming gas shortage has some motorists panicking at the pumps.

While local distributors say they aren't is a position to comment on a fuel shortage situation, other industry sources did confirm to TBT News that gasoline is in short supply right now. And they're pointing to a variety of reasons for the shortfall.

They include everything from a recent train derailment near Ignace that disrupted traffic to manpower issues at CP Rail that have slowed the supply of arriving tanker cars.

Although there are several full rail cars in the city right now, there are reportedly problems getting them to the tank farms on Mission Island for unloading.

It's a problem that's reportedly been growing for a couple of weeks, and as of Friday afternoon several gas bars across the city had completely run out of fuel. Long lines at other gas stations were also being reported. 

The shortfall is beginning to have an impact at the pumps. Several gas bars have confirmed they are running low on fuel.

Local distributors are reportedly doing what they can to make up for the shortfall. Their large supply of premium gasoline is being diverted for sale as regular.

They are also bringing in additional fuel by truck. While supplies are being distributed as widely as possible right now, they warn that smaller chains and independents may eventually be left without. Some stock is also being held in reserve to ensure essential services like police, fire EMS and snowplows continue uninterrupted.

There is no chance the city will run out of gasoline. At worst, some drivers may have to go in search of outlets that have fuel. Prices at the pumps will remain the same.

Still, there is no indication on when the supply problem will be resolved.

(Thunder Bay Television)

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Greenstoner says:
I don't understand the reluctance of local distributors to discuss this situation openly and honestly. There are a lot of local and regional residents that have to make travel plans, especially for this weekend and into next week. Is there a threat to be stranded withou gasoline bewteen Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie or Kenora?
12/20/2013 11:08:40 AM
pc says:
White River had gas last night. It was 144.9. After that Wawa had gas as well.
Marathon has none and apparently the stations on the highway are out as well.
We bought extra when in the Soo just to have it in case. It seems it will be a good thing to have.
12/21/2013 4:26:56 PM
joe blough says:
Now that this story is out there, prices at the pumps will be on the rise shortly!
12/20/2013 12:11:24 PM
Glyder says:
"Prices at the pumps will remain the same."

2nd last line of the story. Read much?
12/20/2013 2:43:50 PM
hunterthedog says:
Aaaannnnnddddd...gas went up 4 cents today...feel stupid now? Think much?
12/20/2013 7:30:27 PM
Glyder says:
Nope, I don't feel stupid. IF you look around, most stations STILL have gas at 129.9

And what does "thinking" have anything to do with my comment?

12/23/2013 8:51:51 AM
moonpie says:
I don't think they're selling premium at regular prices. Today the price of regular at the Mac's on Waterloo jumped from $1.29 to $1.33, so while it may be "premium" in the regular tanks, they adjusted the price to match.
12/20/2013 1:07:05 PM
Tbay99 says:
CP completely gutted it's labour force not too long ago and have continued cutting costs any chance they can and now it's coming back to haunt them, and soon us. Our rail system is becoming a joke something needs to be done asap.
12/20/2013 1:36:37 PM
Cletus Van Damme says:
In an effort to conserve this valuable resource, I shall only pass cars doing less than 120 on the expressway. My 84 Bronco will slow down for the rest of the week.
12/20/2013 2:06:13 PM
cazam says:
Sounds like a good reason to jack up the prices before the Holidays. Good thing for FWFN and Ryden's!!!
12/20/2013 2:16:00 PM
nvjgu says:
No worries we can always use the bike lains.
12/20/2013 3:31:22 PM
nvjgu says:
See ye all at the border.
12/20/2013 3:33:25 PM
olive garden says:
Car pool its cheap.
12/20/2013 6:43:56 PM
downtownie says:
The media should go directly to the source and ask the truck drivers themselves. Tell the public if drivers are short hours or trucks standing still, NOT! The rumour mill should be quiet and the rumour mill who do not have vehicles who are fed by things like this. The trucks are still rolling, people. Gas up and enjoy the holidays!
12/20/2013 7:01:44 PM
Nitesky says:
LOL. We were in town today and witnessed no backed up lanes at the gas pumps anywhere until people got out of work and had heard about this "rumour". There must be a shortage of liquor and groceries though because the parking lots are jammed.
Who started the rumour anyway? Is this another instance of news makings as opposed to news reporting?
12/20/2013 7:06:55 PM
mystified says:
It's a temporary situation. Why all the panic and speculation?
I'm sure the entire city has some place really important in the next few days.
12/20/2013 7:37:50 PM
brooky says:
Thanks to the new CPR boss Hunter Harrison. He's cutting the company to the bone in the name of profit, and this is the result..
12/20/2013 8:45:34 PM
unknowncronik says:

only in NWO!!!!
12/20/2013 10:20:07 PM
Chachi says:
Ryden's has lots of gas. .88/liter
12/20/2013 11:08:36 PM
spooner19 says:
It's worth going across the border to fill up now anyway, $3.04 a gallon today took just over 40.00 to fill my Blazer from empty.
12/21/2013 12:06:43 AM
gone for good says:
And I just filled up at Costco for 105.3 on Regent in Winnipeg.
No gas back home?
Thats just not right.
12/21/2013 1:08:18 AM
nvjgu says:
We are not the only city in the country short on gas. Google it
12/21/2013 6:41:14 AM
livewire says:
Where are our Politicians and our great Mayor & Council when we need help. No comments from all of them, must be on Holidays.
12/21/2013 6:44:21 AM
wildone says:
I happened to be at the country market this am and the mayor was volunteering his time to help sell tickets for the shelter house draw...what did you do on your day off?
12/21/2013 12:11:06 PM
or$en says:
station on central ave is out of gas
ran out of regular on thursday, premium on friday afternoon.
they dont expect a shipment until tuesday at the soonest
12/21/2013 6:57:49 AM
The Beaver..... says:
TB99/brooky....Hunter Harrison is bringing CP back from having been the least efficient of all North American Railroads. Under its old Management and crony system CP was the the last of the big ten. It is foolish to state
and ignorant to say our Railroad system is falling apart when in fact it is the shining example of all Railroads in North America.
Take that from an Railroad Investor.
12/21/2013 7:49:08 AM
mystified says:
Beaver! Hunter Harrison is not going to turn CP rail into a model to be copied. CN had him for a while and all he did was cut costs in maintenance and manpower until they had the worst record for derailments in the history of CN.
Anyone can invest in shares of a company. That doesn't mean you are correct in your statements.
12/21/2013 11:09:31 AM
Stephen says:
I'm firing up up my squirrel-squasher and headin up for the border. Yee Haw!
12/21/2013 8:21:13 AM
cm punk says:
Only in Thunder Bay does this happen.
This would never happen in a major city in Canada.
The politicians would have have a field day.
Our local hen house is too busy spending tax monies on pipe dreams and fabricated illusions of grand centres and such.

People wake up. Its time to get out of this one goat town. Hwy clearning is being neglected, health care in the region is a shameful disgrace, everything is going up from food and utilities, and everything else in between.

Empty hotels, delays, spotty carpentry and sinking floors too. No mining boom, no 50 000 people moving here, more like leaving here.
No new jobs, unless No Frills and Wal Mart count.

Maybe this gas shortage will curve people from driving only when its necessary. My H2 is doing just fine. :)
12/21/2013 10:40:53 AM
SomeGuy says:
There is the door, if you could see your self out that would be much abliged.
12/21/2013 10:58:25 AM
smartguy83 says:
Come on... Health Care at TB Regional is actually very good. They are world class in many areas. Food and utilities go up everywhere, check out the West Coast. Empty hotels is a completely false statement as our hotels are full, I know this for a fact. There is a reason why we have 3 new hotels going up.

Nothing annoys me more than people making unsupported comments.
12/21/2013 11:26:29 AM
TBDR says:
cm... we have the lowest hotel vacancy rate in the province, the province cleans the highways, manages the utilities and funds the hospital. If you want to blame poor carpentry on politicians I think you've proven how politically savvy you aren't. we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the province. tell me again how you're so smart?
12/21/2013 10:55:50 AM
Fluffy says:
Go to Rydens. Gas here is a rip-off.
12/21/2013 11:05:23 AM
gremlin says:
It's Harpers fault.
12/21/2013 11:25:35 AM
pub27 says:
Attention all who are flash have you ever seen the amount of fuel used (per year day etc) compared to the amount of fuel in storage/reserves? If you would research this you all would see how much fuel is available which is very little ALL the time, one problem with refining, delivering/transporting can cause this, and it's effects are even worse during holiday season(s)
12/21/2013 11:33:04 AM
Idontknowitall says:
H2 - why am I not surprised? Anyway, last night (Friday) we filled up at the Shell by the Valhalla. They had no regular, and were selling hi-test at the regular price.
12/21/2013 11:57:05 AM
MaddRiker says:
It's funny that some say the price should not change but the reality of it is that the Mac's on Red River certainly did raise their price rather quickly. So quickly that they had one sign saying 1.299 and the other saying 1.339. It's unfortunate for this location though as I was informed when I was there fueling up that they have had 8 people fill up and leave without paying. That is terrible that citizens of Thunder Bay would stoop to stealing gas because of this situation. Hopefully it was just confusion on their parts and they went back to pay for it later. If not, there are cameras there that should have recorded their plate numbers. The Police should be at their doors soon enough.
12/21/2013 12:18:44 PM
Countryboy123 says:
Well if there was not a fuel shortage before there sure is now.
Just about every vehicle in town in the last 24 hours or so has fuelled up. That would have caused a shortage regardless of the recent supply problems. Approx. 3/4 of the gas stations in town are now out of fuel as of 130pm today.
By the end of the day good luck finding a drop anywhwere in town. A few proactive stations rationed their sales to about 50 litres or so per fill but most did not.
You can thank all the hoarders out there filling up huge tanks and numerous jerry cans for adding to the problem. Spoke to a gas station employee who said he has heard rumours that the shortage may last up to 2 weeks.
12/21/2013 1:37:52 PM
mystified says:
Oh such a terrible situation....not!
It's not the end of the world. It's a bump in the road.
With Christmas a couple of days away most people shouldn't be behind the wheel because most will have consumed a couple of alcoholic beverages so gas isn't really that important to most. I have enough to get me to the hospital if needed.
12/21/2013 5:42:11 PM
TWM says:
What kind of logic is that? What about people going for dialysis? The elderly and Dr's appointments/shopping for food? Going to work?
12/22/2013 6:37:48 AM
mystified says:
I guess you and pc didn't listen to the news. The city has a supply of fuel that will sustain public transit, emergency services until this silly little shortage is over.
There are things called 'taxis, family and friends that are available to assist in the event of medical needs.

pc! this is not my city. I only live here and could careless as I already purchased a house in another province and can't wait for moving day. I don't care if the door hits me in the rear as I exit. I'm also not a Grinch or Scrooge as I care and contribute to the people who screw their heads on and don't whine and complain about everything in life.

It's only a bump in the road.
12/22/2013 4:10:59 PM
pc says:
mysti: this is not my city either. I live on the North Shore of Superior.
I was neither complaining or whining. In my first post I answered someone who was asking about where they could get gas on 17.
I commented to you stating that not everyone is able to stay at home due to travel schedules.
Not everyone is prepared for life's glitches. It is unfortunate but it is the truth.
This "silly little shortage" as you call it could last until the new year and it would not affect me in the least.
But it does and will affect many people and I hope they all have no major travel woes.
12/22/2013 7:40:48 PM
pc says:
your attitude may be fine for the city. BUT what about the small towns and people traveling through your wonderful city to get someplace else?
No bus service to get to a grocery store elderly people stuck at home maybe with few groceries.
people traveling through now have the added expense of motel rooms until they can get fuel.
People having to travel for medical reasons.
This is not as you say the end of the world but it is a major bump for many people.
So Merry Christmas Mr. Grinch Mr. Scrooge all in one person.
12/22/2013 8:11:12 AM
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