Diesel recall from the Husky Refinery shut down pumps in Williams Lake this week.

Diesel recall from the Husky Refinery shut down pumps in Williams Lake this week.

Bad batch of diesel shuts down diesel pumps in lakecity

An extensive diesel fuel recall has shut down diesel pumps in Williams Lake and other communities.

An extensive diesel fuel recall has shut down some diesel pumps in Williams Lake and other communities.

Best Buy Propane owner and city councillor Scott Nelson said he was alerted Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the Husky Refinery in Prince George to turn his diesel pumps off.

“They had determined that there was a quality control issue with a number of loads that had gone out and it was quite extensive,” Nelson said. “We immediately turned our pumps off.

Best Buy received the “bad” diesel Sunday night, Feb. 26, Nelson added but said so far no one had come back to complain to his station about their motors being impacted.

“There are a lot of loads along this corridor that got it, but Husky was quick to react,” he said.

Mel Duvall, a media spokesperson for Husky, said some off-spec diesel product was shipped from the Prince George refinery on Sunday.

“It was a relatively small amount of product and limited to one day’s worth of shipments,” Duvall said as he confirmed no issues have been reported. “But as a precautionary measure we halted diesel sales at stations that may have received shipments in the province and it is all being removed.”

When asked what off-spec means exactly, Duvall said diesel products have to meet a certain specification and in this case some gasoline was inadvertently added to a storage tank at the refinery.

“We have been doing testing and some of the product that went out was in fact on-spec and a relatively small amount is showing off-spec,” he said, noting from the storage tank at the refinery the diesel goes out by transport truck.

Nelson said Best Buy’s pumps were being drained and fresh diesel was being delivered Thursday and anticipated to be ready by the afternoon. Super Save Gas told the Tribune its pump had been drained Wednesday and new diesel put in already.

Chevron and Petro Canada were not impacted as their gas is delivered from a different source in Kamloops.

There has been discussion on local social media sites reporting that diesel motors have been damaged, however, we have not been able to confirm this.

Duvall said if anyone encountered any issues with the diesel they can contact Husky’s customer service line at 1-800-661-3835.