British Columbia extends fuel rationing and travel restrictions until December 14 – .

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British Columbia extends fuel rationing and travel restrictions until December 14 – .



Trans Mountain, which supplies about 85 percent of the fuel required in British Columbia for refining, closed its pipeline on Nov. 14 due to heavy rains and flooding.

British Columbia is extending restrictions on gasoline and travel until Dec. 14, Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth said on Monday.

Drivers who do not drive essential vehicles are limited to purchasing 30 liters of fuel per trip at the gas station on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and in the Lower Mainland to Hope, the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky Region. The restrictions were due to end on Wednesday.

“The fuel economy measures are working and I want to thank British Columbians for their patience,” said Farnworth. “But we have to stay the course for another two weeks until the Trans Mountain pipeline is back on line. “

Trans Mountain, which supplies about 85 percent of the fuel required in British Columbia for refining, closed its pipeline on Nov. 14 due to heavy rains and flooding.

On Monday, the company said based on current conditions and progress – in the face of weather and access challenges – “we are still days away from restarting the reduced capacity pipeline.”

Work was halted at some sites on Sunday due to flooding or lack of access, Trans Mountain said.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, said crews were “working tirelessly” to restart the line on a phased approach, but Trans Mountain is closely monitoring a weather system entering.

The pipeline provides the majority of transportation fuels for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, said Ralston.

CP Rail transported refined products such as gasoline and diesel to southwestern British Columbia last week, he said.

Farnworth said the province needs to make sure its supply chains and emergency services have the fuel they need to operate.

Highways 3, 7 and 99 will continue to be restricted to essential travel only, with the state of emergency extended until December 14.

“The extension of the state of emergency will support the continued response and recovery from the extensive damage already caused by the flooding while positioning us to take all necessary measures in the days to come,” said Farnworth.

Environment Canada is warning of another storm on Tuesday with extreme precipitation that could worsen existing flooding or lead to new flooding in the province.

Armel Castellan, meteorologist for Environment Canada, said a rainstorm from Tuesday to Wednesday is expected to bring 50 to 100 millimeters of rain, with the worst of the storm reaching 200 millimeters in areas such as the northwestern end. from Vancouver Island, from Tofino North.

David Campbell, chief of the River Forecast Center, said northern Vancouver Island has been added to its flood watch warnings. River levels are expected to rise rapidly through Wednesday.

In an update on flood repairs and emergency measures, Transport Minister Rob Fleming said the Malahat – washed away in places during heavy rains on November 14 and 15 – will be monitored and inspected over the course of the years. next storms.

Fleming asked drivers to monitor their speed and continue to check DriveBC.ca for the latest road conditions.

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