Gas prices sky high on Labrador’s coast

Derek Montague
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North coast region, and part of the south coast, paying $1.70 a litre

Gas prices along the coast of Labrador have soared overnight.

On June 26, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) priced gasoline along Labrador’s north coast — and part of the south coast — at $1.705 a litre. Previously, the price was $1.56 a litre.

In comparison, the same type of fuel in central Labrador only went up 1.1 cents a litre — from $1.48 to $1.491.

Diesel prices have also gone up significantly for these coastal communities — from $1.606 a litre to 1.696.

Speaker for the Nunatsiavut Government, Sean Lyall, who also represents Nain as an ordinary member, said high fuel prices are going to have a negative effect along the north coast communities.

“It’s going to be hard for fishermen … and just for ordinary people who want to go off (in boat), it’s going to be very difficult.”

“Gas prices are always a problem up this way, for sure. We understand that it has to be transported a bit further, but the prices are always, generally higher than everywhere else.”

On the morning of June 26, several coastal residents vented their frustration with the price of gas, and the overall high cost of living, in Labrador’s remote communities.

“Yup, (there’ll) be all kinds of stolen gas now … as if there isn’t already. In Nunavut they get a rebate or something for gas to hunt and fish, we need to look into that with our own government,” said one man from Hopedale.

One woman from Makkovik said she spent approximately $100 to get 58 litres of gasoline in her truck, after the new prices were established.

The Labradorian tried to contact the PUB for comment, but no one could be reached at press time.

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

Organizations: Public Utilities Board

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Hopedale Makkovik

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  • The Truth Will Be Told
    June 29, 2014 - 16:16

    But Labrador is rich and can afford to subsidize the sinking rock. More people have left Lab West in the past five months than came in the past five years. Guess that tells you just how great things are going.