The fuel situation in Ontario, Canada, is getting desperate,
and for carriers in the area, it's only going to get worse unless something is
That's the word from the Ontario Trucking Association in
response to a fuel shortage that began in mid-February, following a fire at an
Imperial Oil refinery in Nanticoke, Ontario.
The refinery is one of the major suppliers to the area.
Stephen Laskowski, OTA vice president, told "Land Line Now"
on XM Satellite Radio that although the fire has long since been put out, the
effects are still being felt throughout the province.
"We're now reaching the stage where the other players can
not pick up the slack left by Imperial," Laskowski said. "So now, we're getting
runs on fuel. We're having bulk storage facilities as certain carriers running
dry, and being told that they won't be refilled for days."
Laskowski said his association is asking the Canadian
government to allow trucks to use off-road diesel fuel. He is also asking OTA
members who may have a good supply to consider selling fuel to members who have
The situation has caused a 15- to 20-percent increase in
fuel prices in the area and has spilled over into neighboring Quebec, shutting
down at least 10 stations there, according to Laskowski.
- Terry Scruton, staff