Irving working to keep gas at stations

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Blackouts not the only issue

A lack of power and a demand for gas has caused filling stations around the Avalon Peninsula to run out of fuel.

Along with other gas stations and oil companies, Irving has been working to keep fuel at its stations during a period when lack of power is increasing demand and making it difficult to get fuel to stations.

Irving spokeswoman Samantha Robinson said the company is working as quickly as possible to get fuel to stations that have power but have run out of fuel.

The problem hasn’t just been an issue since power outages began, though. In late December and leading up to the rolling blackouts, gas stations — including some Irving facilities — were running out of fuel at times.

“It was not the power outage, but rather the difficult weather conditions in late December and last week that hampered our ability to deliver on our regular schedule,” Robinson said in an email to The Telegram.

“We won’t put drivers on the road when road conditions are unsafe. Also, demand for fuel always increases in advance of a storm, which compounds the issue.”

Seaboard Liquid Carriers delivers fuel to Irving stations, as well as other locations such as North Atlantic facilities. Calls to Seaboard concerning the issue were not returned.

Robinson said people can look up Irving’s Facebook page where is keeps an updated list of the gas stations with fuel in the St. John’s area.

She warned they are subject to quick change and can run out of fuel before the list gets updated.

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  • Harold
    January 07, 2014 - 08:51

    storms are forecast well in advance. it's a known fact that people stock up on fuel in advance of a storm. seems like a no brainer to me that extra fuel should be delivered in advance of a storm