Wednesday was a big night in Rockyford as people in the village south west of Drumheller turned out for a meeting with officers from the Drumheller Co-op.
"We probably had about 50 people turn out for for the event; I was very impressed with the turnout," stated Rockyford Mayor Darcy Burke. "They're going to take a look at the Rockyford area and a site here in Rockyford, they're going to do some feasability studies and some cost analysis and see if there's any opportunity to provide fuel here in this community."
It followed an announcement from UFA that it will be closing its Rockyford bulk fuel station.
"Maybe there's another company that's a little more viable and interested in reinvesting in rural Alberta and provide us with some service," speculated the mayor.
"In rural Alberta we have to drive for everything and we don't drive too far if we don't have any fuel," he noted. "Here in Rockyford, I consider it to be one of those essential things."
Burke said it was some local farmers who asked for the meeting with Drumheller Co-op upon learning that UFA was pulling out. The next closest places to Rockyford for fuel are Drumheller, Beisker and Strathmore.
A spokesman for UFA in Calgary declined comment on why they have decided to close the Rockyford operation.