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Energy Minister requests briefing on seizure of fuel vessel off St Elizabeth coast

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 3:00 PM
Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley says the ministry is concerned that uncustomed and unregulated fuel may have found its way into the country.

Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says he has asked for a briefing on the seizure of a Honduran registered vessel with several gallons of fuel on the weekend.

The police in St Elizabeth reported that they had seized the vessel on Saturday and detained several persons.

The vessel reportedly originated from Venezuela. 

The police also reported that 85,000 gallons of fuel was found aboard the boat.

Wheatley says the ministry is concerned that uncustomed and unregulated fuel may have found its way into the country.

He says the ministry is working closely with the relevant authorities, including the police, who are investigating the matter.

Even as he awaits a report, the energy minister is seeking to assure the public that the ministry is actively seeking to ensure that fuel which is not fit for sale is not allowed on the market.

 

Energy Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley

Meanwhile, Wheatley says the public will be made aware of the latest on the investigation into the bad gas saga in short order.

Last week, Wheatley told The Gleaner Power 106 News Centre that the bad gas report will be made public next week.

The report was due to be published on February 23.

However, it was delayed due to the General Election and the change of government.