Ultra-harsh Alaska winter prompts fuel shortages
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Living in Alaska's outer reaches is challenging enough, given the isolation and weather extremes, but at least three remote communities also have experienced weather-related late deliveries of fuel so crucial to their survival during an especially bitter winter.
The town of Nome and the northwest villages of Noatak and Kobuk faced fuel shortages that illustrate the vulnerability of relying solely on fuel deliveries by sea or air.
The villages, which just received their fuel, are especially vulnerable, unable to afford more additional fuel storage tanks for gasoline and heating oil that can run as high as $10 a gallon.
Compounding a problem with no easy answers, temperatures dipping as low as minus 60 during the past few weeks means people have been consuming more fuel more quickly.