News release

Government Monitoring Gas Shortage Situation, Looking at Prevention

Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey said today, Aug. 31, government is monitoring the current gas shortage and re-stocking efforts in the province, and looking at how it can be prevented in the future.

"We know this is concerning, disappointing and frustrating for Nova Scotians," said Mr. Furey. "While this may be an anomaly with supply management, government expects industry to address and correct this swiftly, and to take measures to ensure it does not happen again in the future."

Government regulates the cost of gasoline in Nova Scotia, but does not regulate supply. Oil companies are responsible for supply management. However, government will be implementing a gas tracking system in the coming months which will provide data that will help industry and government better monitor marketplace supply and demand.

"Industry needs to improve communication with government so we have a better warning system in place," said Mr. Furey. "If such a shortage occurs again, industry must have a plan in place to ensure Nova Scotians can prepare in advance."

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Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey said today (August 31st), government is monitoring the current gas shortage and re-stocking efforts in the province, and looking at how it can be prevented in the future.

Mr. Furey says he knows the situation is concerning, disappointing and frustrating for Nova Scotians and government expects industry to address and correct it swiftly.

He says government also expects the industry to take measures to ensure it does not happen again in the future.

Government regulates the cost of gasoline in Nova Scotia, but does not regulate supply. Oil companies are responsible for supply management.

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