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    Jet Fuel Shortage Disrupts Travel To-From New Zealand's Main Airport

    As many as three dozen domestic and international flights at New Zealand's Auckland Airport have been canceled Tuesday as it struggles to deal with a weeklong fuel shortage.


    New Zealand's main airport has lost 70 percent of its jet fuel supplies since a digger ruptured the main pipeline that carries fuel to the facility, forcing many air carriers to refuel at other airports in the Pacific region. The accident has also cut off supplies of high-grade gasoline at Auckland gas stations, although fuel supplier Z Energy says stocks of regular gasoline are still plentiful.


    The pipeline's owner says the repairs will not be completed until sometime next week.


    Prime Minister Bill English says a naval tanker and military trucks have been assigned to transport fuel to ease the shortage, and has ordered all lawmakers and public employees to avoid any unnecessary air travel until the situation is resolved.


    The fuel disruption has placed enormous pressure on English with Saturday's national elections on the horizon. Jacinda Ardern, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party, accused English of ignoring warnings about the pipeline's vulnerability.


    "One pipeline, one digger, and New Zealand grinds to a halt," Ardern told reporters Tuesday. The 37-year-old politician has led the Labour Party from a certain electoral defeat to a tight race with English's ruling National Party.


    https://www.voanews.com/a/fuel-short...d/4034821.html

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    Call before you dig. Isn't that universal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    since a digger ruptured the main pipeline
    I bet that guy is keeping his head down.

    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Call before you dig. Isn't that universal?
    Yep, and in Auckland it's the general rule. I suspect the area being dug was not suburban so maybe some leeway should be given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I bet that guy is keeping his head down.


    Yep, and in Auckland it's the general rule. I suspect the area being dug was not suburban so maybe some leeway should be given.
    I doubt they'll get much leeway when they get the bill for the lost landing fees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I doubt they'll get much leeway when they get the bill for the lost landing fees.
    One of the first headlines was Air NZ will not compensate disrupted passengers as the situation was beyond their control.
    It cuts both ways, so I'm dubious Air NZ can sue for compensation.

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