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Wheatley: Measures in place to ensure 'bad gas saga' never reoccurs

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Mauricio Pulido (left), CEO of Texaco; with Dr Andrew Wheatley (centre), Minister of Science, Energy and Technology; and Philip Chong, president of the JGRA; at the recent JGRA 2018 trade show.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley has vowed that every effort will be made to ensure that there is never a repeat of the bad gas saga which impacted Jamaica in late 2015.

Wheatley has underscored that the Petroleum Inspectorate, which was established in the Bureau of Standards after scores of motorists complained that their vehicles were damaged because of bad gas, will protect retailers and consumers from having a repeat of the situation.




He told the recent Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association's (JGRA) 2018 trade show that although tests had been carried out to investigate the source of the bad gas, the report came back inconclusive.

According to Wheatley, the Government is moving to implement rules and regulations that incidents like that would never happen again.

More than 380 complaints were submitted to the Consumer Affairs Commission about the damage to motor vehicles caused by bad gas, but to date, no agreement has been reached regarding compensation for those affected.

The JGRA trade show was used to showcase products and services offered by various entities in the petroleum industry, which has 18 marketing companies and 295 service stations.