Petro-Canada gas stations in BC and Alberta could be on the verge of a gas shortage according to Suncor.
Senior Petroleum Analyst for Gasbuddy.com, Dan McTeague says although it is not clear at this point in time if the Cariboo will be impacted, Prince George is safe.
“There has been reports of shortages now in Vernon, in Kelowna, of course in Edmonton, Calgary, and Medicine Hat. I haven’t heard anything from Saskatchewan just yet, but of course the longer this goes on, the more likihood it will be.”
McTeague says the wildfire in Fort McMurray has played a part, but it’s not the only problem adding that there was an unplanned outage at its Edmonton refinery.
“There is no doubt the fire doesn’t help because that means crude production is down but we are flying blind in Canada because we do not know the on-going week to week crude inventories let alone the gas inventories in Canada.”
He adds that when it comes to supply and demand the United States are much better prepared.
“The Americans have quite an advantage over us because they can tell what the supply and demand picture is pretty much across their country. Unfortunately, in Canada, we refuse to have that transparency and let the industry make those decisions for us and that’s fine until we start running out of gasoline.”
Kelowna’s Glenmore Petro-Canada location ran out of gasoline as of 3 pm on Thursday and ran out of premium gasoline just two hours later. Petro-Canada is Dawson Creek is also running out of gasoline.
(Files from Brendan Pawliw with MY PRINCE GEORGE NOW)