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09/02/2015 10:44 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Nova Scotia gas shortage prompts government review of supply system

The Nova Scotia government says it will review the fuel supply management system after gas shortages dried up service stations across the province over the weekend.

Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill said in a release Wednesday he would carry out an independent review under the Emergency Management Act.

Churchill said he wants to know how the system failed and identify what improvements are needed to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The gas shortage began Friday after two shipments that were sent to the Dartmouth Imperial Oil terminal — one from the Gulf of Mexico and the other from Europe — did not meet the quality specifications to be sold in Canada.

By Sunday evening, many gas stations across the province had run completely out of gas.

As of Wednesday morning, there was at least one rural service station that was still out of gas.

The minister said the review will focus on making sure emergency providers can be supplied so they can continue providing service. The review will also look at how Nova Scotia drivers can be warned ahead of time when there is a shortage.

Churchill plans to name who will be conducting the review within the next week.