Bad gas unlikely this winter


“What’s the government doing to prevent bad gas from reaching the communities this year?” asked Art Stewart, Cape Dorset’s senior administrative officer, during the Baffin mayor’s meeting in Iqaluit last week.

Tom Rich, the deputy minister from the GN’s department of community and government services, said his department has worked closely with Shell to fix the problem that damaged snowmobiles, furnaces and vehicles last year.

“We obviously don’t want to have difficulties with the fuel. Nobody wants that, including Shell.”

Rich also cautioned that, in his opinion, last year’s fuel problems were not brand new, but rather, are “symptoms of the fact that we live in a very harsh environment.”

Nunavut uses only premium fuel, but even this must be purchased early, transported long distances and stored for up to a year.

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