Anger at supplier as isles face fuel crisis

By Laura Paterson

Published: 21/12/2013

PARTS of the Western Isles were in danger of running out of fuel last night as ferries remained stormbound and island storage tanks were closed for repairs.

Motorists in the Uists faced rationing at the pumps yesterday as the shortages began to bite.

One filling station on South Uist ran out of petrol altogether and angry islanders blamed wholesaler Scottish Fuels for the crisis. The company said the supply problem had been caused by fuel storage tanks at the Lochcarnan depot being out of use while they were repaired, and bad weather hitting backup deliveries by road tanker and ferry.

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