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Wheatley disappointed bad gas report does not idenfify source of contaminant

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 5:54 PM

The Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley says he is disappointed that the long-awaited bad gas report does not identify the source of the contaminant in petrol that was being sold islandwide late last year.

However, Wheatley said he will be moving to implement the recommendations of the report prepared by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee.

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"The aim is that adequate measure will be in place to ensure that all petroleum products are in keeping with established standards so as to minimise a recurrence of the contaminated gasoline saga," Wheatley said.

The recommendations include:

1. The re-establishment of a fully staffed petroleum inspectorate to regulate, oversee, monitor and evaluate the petroleum sector;

2. Legislative amendments to the Petroleum (Quality Control) Act and the attendant Regulations that aim to increase fines for breach of the Act as well as strengthen the stewardship requirements for importing and distributing petroleum products;

3. Introducing significantly stricter licensing conditions for all players in the sector which include importers, bulk distributors, retailers, haulage contractors and drivers; and

4. Testing of each shipment of gasoline imported into Jamaica to ensure conformance with Schedule 2 of the Petroleum (Quality Control) Act.