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Churchill approved for subsidy after fuel prices rise

Gas prices have rose in Churchill this week, but a 43 cent per litre subsidy will be applied to all fuel purchases.
Gas prices have rose in Churchill this week, but a 43 cent per litre subsidy will be applied to all fuel purchases. Omnitrax / Submitted

With gas prices in Churchill skyrocketing this week, the town has announced a 43 cent per litre fuel support subsidy for all purchases.

The subsidy was approved by the Churchill Region and Economic Development Fund. It is the same total the Federal government approved last year.

Fuel rose to $2.54 per litre from $1.70 this week and the town says this is the highest gas price in North America.

The high costs are because of new fuel brought in by ship this year.

The town says this highlights the urgent need to have a rail line fixed to reduce the cost of living.

READ MORE: Talks to sell broken rail line to Churchill break down

 

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A Town of Churchill notice talking about the rise in fuel prices.
A Town of Churchill notice talking about the rise in fuel prices. Town of Churchill/Facebook

The rail line has been out of service for more than a year. Last month, the Canadian Transportation Agency ordered Hudson Bay Railway Co., owned by Omnitrax, to begin repairs to the track immediately. Omnitrax has said it is appealing the ruling.

READ MORE: Omnitrax appealing federal ruling to fix rail line

Click to play video: 'One year later, Churchill residents still waiting for rail line fix' One year later, Churchill residents still waiting for rail line fix
One year later, Churchill residents still waiting for rail line fix – May 22, 2018

 

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