When the gas station in Carbon looked at the books, they realized they could no longer afford to stay open. This has created an issue or two within the community, just west of Drumheller.
"We just lost our gas station, they couldn't make a go of it," said Deputy Mayor Bryan Peever. "And, now, we have no gas in town so our fire department, our public works are going to have to set up some other way of refueling our vehicles. For the townsfolk, they're probably going to have to jerrycan it or make sure they have fuel before they come back to Carbon -- enough to get back out to another pump."
Peever said he can't speak for the rest of Council, but said the Village is open to ideas about how to bring a gas station back to the community.
"There's lots of options out there. Anything's on the table. If it's viable and we can make it work, we're open to suggestions and open to discussion."
One of the possibilities is to try something he's seen in other communities -- a diner and gas station in the same building -- although he isn't sure that business would be steady enough to support the diner outside of the summer months.
"As a small town, we have to support each other. We have to put our differences aside and say 'if we want a gas station, we're going to have to support that gas station or we're not going to have it and it'll be a huge inconvenience.' And, it's looking like it is going to be a huge inconvenience."
Carbon Grocery was suggested as a possible tenant, but Peever said the gas station building is quite a bit smaller than the space currently occupied by the grocery and might not fit the owner's needs.