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SOUTHERN ALBERTA: A close call for some southern Alberta schools - when a recent diesel shortage almost led to the shut down of the Palliser school bus fleet.

Transportation coordinator Chris Pelletier said his nerves were on edge Thursday afternoon when it seemed likely some of the 66 routes under his control weren't going to be able to run this week.

Two thirds of the students probably wouldn't have got to school,. Now the kids probably would have loved that. But the parents and teachers – they needed them there of course,” he said.

The situation, which Pelletier says was likely a first, was brought about by a fairly rare set of circumstances. An explosion at a refinery in Saskatchewan, coupled with a rising demand over the summer meant many suppliers had to cut the school's transportation board off temporarily, in order to be able to maintain their own emergency reserves. But a few last-minute phone calls later, some suppliers told him they would make his service a priority – which meant the buses were once again ready to go.

Owners of the Saskatchewan refinery have said they're now back on track with diesel production, so Pelletier doesn't foresee further problems with diesel levels in the coming weeks.





Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 4/19/2014 9:22:00 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News
 
 
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