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Out of gas, out of luck: Snow-related shortfalls hit Lower Mainland

Last Updated Jan 19, 2020 at 11:16 am PST

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Gas stations in Burnaby, Vancouver and Delta are turning drivers away

Analysts blame poor road conditions from our recent snowfall as well as scheduled maintenance at the Parkland Refinery

VANCOUVER (CityNews) — The worst of this week’s storm may have passed but frustration for drivers persists.

Gas stations in Burnaby, Vancouver and Delta are turning drivers away because they’re out of fuel on Saturday. A station in Pitt Meadows was forced to sell Premium for the price of Bronze on Wednesday because they too had run out of regular.

One woman tells CityNews she’s been stranded while waiting for the pumps to be refilled.

“I’m so devastated because last night I went to fill up my gas at the Shell gas station there was no gas. My car just stopped a block down. I slowly drove here and there’s no gas either,” she says. “They said we have to wait until they fill up the gas. I have no choice but to wait because I can’t drive anywhere else, I can not even drive to the next gas station.”

Dan McTeague, President of Canadians for Affordable Energy, says the shortage has a lot to do with the recent snowfall.

“A combination of bad weather and scheduled maintenance at our Vancouver’s only refinery Parkland has imposed an unforeseen challenge. This means delays in resupply and partial fill-ups to gas bars until suppliers can catch up,” he tells CityNews in a statement.

The shortage is expected to last until suppliers can make up the difference.

Meantime, drivers are being encouraged to fill up if they spot a station with supply.