Canada Shutdown of Canadian National Railway lines leads to propane shortages
Rail blockades to lead to shortages of propane and consumer goods, 2 national groups say
Two national organizations are warning that there could be shortages of propane and consumer goods in Canada if the current rail blockades continue. Spokespeople for the Canadian Propane Association and the Retail Council of Canada said on Sunday that they are concerned and frustrated in particular about the impact of the blockade near Belleville, Ont. on Tyendinaga Mohawk territory that has shut down train service across much of Eastern Canada. The blockade entered in its 11th day on Sunday. CN Rail has obtained a court injunction to end the protest, but the Ontario Provincial Police have not yet enforced it.
HALIFAX — Businesses and homes across the Maritimes are days away from running out of propane as a result of anti-pipeline protests that have severed rail links across Canada.
Ian Wilson, president of Halifax-based Wilson Fuel, says his company is already rationing propane by partially filling customers' tanks.
Wilson says his company is trying to ship some product into the region by truck, but that won't meet the demand.
He says the shortage is not just an inconvenience, it's a health and safety issue for people who use propane to heat their homes.
As of Thursday, Canadian National Railway started a progressive shutdown in Eastern Canada, while Via Rail cancelled all service on CN tracks in Canada.
The protests began last week after the RCMP in British Columbia enforced an injunction against hereditary chiefs and their supporters blocking construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline near Houston, B.C.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020.
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