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John Oulton, left, and Terry Porter practice pumping gas on opening day at the new outlet in Canning March 6.
After an eight-year wait, drivers can once again purchase gas in the Village of Canning.
John Oulton of Oulton’s Fuels said Thursday there was excitement brewing just prior to the opening of self-serve pumps.
“This is good news for Canning,” added former fire Chief Terry Porter, who was on hand to help the first customers.
Anyone with a debit or credit card can pump gas, Oulton said, if they follow the outlined instructions. He noted that the facility uses new technology that only came on the market last fall.
“It’s very user-friendly this next generation technology,” Oulton said.
The previous Cruickshanks' service station in the village closed in 2006.
Oulton said his firm had wanted to open a service in Canning for some time, but had to convince the former landowner to sell.
“This is really the only place in the village it could go,” he said, “due to the wellhead.”
He acknowledged the assistance the firm received from county Coun. Kim MacQuarrie and MLAs John Lohr and Keith Irving.
Although he had hoped to open after Christmas, Oulton said, government bureaucracy delayed things.
“Gas has been disappearing from rural Nova Scotia,” he pointed out. “The old-style garage with two bays and pumps doesn’t work anymore. This is the solution.”
“This is a lightening rod. Government has to be on the side of doing business in rural Nova Scotia. That’s the philosophy of the Ivany report.”
While Oulton felt encountered many unhelpful bureaucrats, he pointed to one exception: Denise Guthro of Service Nova Scotia.
Based in Windsor, Oulton’s opened in 1990 selling furnace fuel. The firm moved into Kings County and now has two card lock gas outlets in Three Mile Plains and Greenwich.