Fri | Jan 19, 2018

Petroleum retailers and RUBiS dispute may have to go to court – gov't

Published:Monday | January 30, 2017 | 12:45 PM
According to Wheatley, having met with the parties to encourage them to amicably settle their difficulties, there is nothing more that the Government can do.

The Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley says the dispute between petroleum retailers and RUBiS Energy may have to be resolved through the court.

Last week, the Energy Ministry met with the petroleum retailers as they plotted to protest the decision of RUBiS to end its relationship with the operator of the Lee Sin gas station in St Ann.

The Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association is threatening to shut down the petroleum trade if the decision to terminate the Lee Sin family is not rescinded.

According to Wheatley, having met with the parties to encourage them to amicably settle their difficulties, there is nothing more that the Government can do.

 

Wheatley says, however, that the Government is not at this point considering an injunction to block the impending shut down of the gasolene retail trade.

Last week, residents in St Ann's Bay protested the change in ownership of the gas station after RUBiS issued a statement that it had taken over the facility and upgraded it.

For more than 30 year, the Lee Sins operated the gas station.

Meanwhile, RUBiS is claiming that some of the comments have been libelous.