Since Friday 19 November there has been a provincial order to limit gas for non-essential motorists in parts of the province has caused pain at the pump.
For a period of approximately ten days, non-essential drivers are limited to refueling 30 L at a time. The province has urged British Columbians to conserve gas where possible by using alternative transportation.
The order’s enforcement is largely based on the honor system, with Public Safety Secretary Mike Farnworth saying “the majority of people will do the right thing”.
The county said it will work with gas retailers and distributors to ensure the remaining fuel reserves last a long time and the order is expected to remain in effect until December 1, 2021.
In the Lower Mainland, news of the restrictions sparked what in some places looks like a refueling flight with reports of sold out gas stations.
On Twitter, users shared photos and messages about sold-out stations wrapped in yellow tape, long lines and even people filling jerry cans.
Multiple gas stations without fuel in #burnaby. Driving around on almost empty and finally found a Chevron with big line…
— Rachel Thexton (@rthexton) Nov 21, 2021
— Tara Schmidt (@Tschmidt09) Nov 20, 2021
Walked 10km west side of Vancouver and all gas stations were out of gas.
For those of you protesting the twinning of the 60+ year old gas pipeline from AB to Vancouver, think about what would happen if that old pipeline were ever compromised… pic.twitter.com/EKkVsEkswF
— Nancy (@CanuckTraveler) Nov 20, 2021
Got lucky, 94 gas for the price of normal, after going to one that was no longer premium. pic.twitter.com/66QFCcb3kc
— r/Coronavirus_BC (@GreaterfoolVan) Nov 21, 2021
The Cenovus Group, which runs Husky Gas, told the Daily Hive in a statement that “current road closures, delays and longer travel times, combined with an increase in demand from what appears to be panic buying, are making it difficult to maintain sufficient product. at our locations.”
“Our logistics team is working hard to ensure adequate supplies,” they said.
Daily Hive has reached out to Shell and Petro-Canada for additional information and will update this story.