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Gas shortage hitting more BC communities

Last Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 6:23 am PDT

(Courtesy Our Horizon)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — You’re going to want to fill your gas tank before heading to the interior or anywhere east of the Lower Mainland.

A fuel shortage caused by damage in Alberta’s wildfires is hitting more gas stations in BC.

Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and now Merritt are either seeing pumps turned off or long waits at those stations that are still running.

Dan Mcteague with Gasbuddy.com says the Vancouver area likely won’t be affected as fuel here is sourced from elsewhere.

“I can’t say it won’t definitively because no one knows the extent and how long this is going to go on, but it looks like the region that is most affected begins in the BC interior, all the way back east to Winnipeg.”

The facility in Alberta that’s gone offline is said to be a complicated fix, with no solid timeline.

“We’re not looking at a two or three day turnaround before stations get supplied. If anything, we may see more stations closing up further east of where you are.”

When it comes to gas prices, McTeague expects prices to remain the same for the next little while.