Pumps go dry at Shell gas stations

An unexpected demand for fuel this summer has left the pumps at many Shell Canada (TSX:SHC) gas stations in Alberta high and dry.

CALGARY — An unexpected demand for fuel this summer has left the pumps at many Shell Canada (TSX:SHC) gas stations in Alberta high and dry.

Outlets in Calgary started posting “no gas” signs on the weekend.

The fuel shortage later surfaced at stations in Edmonton and other areas of the province.

Jeff Gabert, a Shell spokesman, says the company is trucking in gasoline from the U.S. and Vancouver to meet the demand.

But Gabert expects most stations will have their tanks refilled by the weekend.

Shell encountered a fuel shortage last October when regular maintenance work at its Edmonton upgrader took longer than expected.