Arctic Canadian community runs low on gas

CBC.caGas to be flown in while fuel tanker delayed by ice

Repulse Bay, a predominantly Inuit community of around 748 people in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, is running out of gas while a fuel tanker that’s coming to fill up the community’s tanks has been delayed by ice in the bay.

“People are getting a little nervous because for instance Rangers are going out on patrol on Friday and some have their gas and some don’t,” said John Kaufmann, general manager of the Naujat Co-op.

Kaufmann said there is about 10,000 to 12,000 litres of gas left in the bottom of the tank but it requires a special nozzle to pump it out.

A nozzle that arrived this week didn’t work. He said the Nunavut government is planning to fly in three plane loads of gas Thursday night.

Kaufmann said Repulse Bay is a fast-growing community and a lot of construction may have led to the gas shortage.

Last year Repulse Bay received 500,000 litres of gas. This year, they’re expecting 600,000 litres.

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