Montague insists bad gas suppliers must be named
The Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Robert Montague, is insisting that the Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell, should name the distributors of the bad gas on the market and compensate motorists.
His comments follow Paulwell’s decision to order 17 gas stations to their petrol pumps while the Bureau of Standards Jamaica continues testing.
In the meantime, Montague is contending that Paulwell has failed to identify the larger problem.
He says the central question must be regarding the source of the bad gas as the 17 gas stations are located in different areas.
The gas stations ordered closed are in the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew, St James, Clarendon, Manchester, St Catherine and St Thomas.
The authorities have refused to name the gas stations citing legal reasons.
According to Montague, since Petrojam has been ruled out as the source, the Energy Ministry must move to find out who was granted a permit to import the affected gasoline.
Montague also says a programme of compensation must be implemented.
He says it is unfair to ask motorists to bear the cost of the damage to their vehicles.
Pauwell told journalists late yesterday that the government was serious about punishing the perpetrators and added that the police have been asked to join the probe.
Meanwhile, chairman of the BSJ, Professor Winston Davidson, says other gas stations may be identified as more test results are to be finalised between Wednesday and Thursday.