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JGRA demands independent investigation in bad gas affair

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 1:07 AM
Leonard Green

President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA), Leonard Green,  says there is an urgent need for an independent investigation in the bad gas affair.

Green also told a Rotary Club of Kingston meeting yesterday that in addition to getting an independent investigation, there is the need for compensation and the reform of the petroleum sector.

He says the recent cases of damaged cars resulting from the sale of contaminated petrol to unsuspecting members of the public represent a serious blot on the trade.

He says blame cannot be placed on gasoline retailers.

Green also suggests there's more to be revealed in the ongoing bad gas saga:

 

Meanwhile, Green has confirmed a Gleaner story that as far back as October of 2015 there were reports of bad gas in the petroleum trade that was not made public.

Green highlighted that three JGRA member dealers encountered serious problems with gas supplied by one of the major marketing companies.

 

JGRA president Leonard Green

Since the current bad gas saga surfaced in mid-December, 17 gas stations were forced to close pumps linked to the dispensing of the alleged bad gas. 

Some pumps remain closed. 

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica says it will be extremely difficult to determine the source of the bad gas even as a government committee probes the issue.