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Law coming to blow out bad gas from fuel industry

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Kyle Gregg, with hand on vehicle, shows off his race car to (from left), Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett; Minister of Energy, Science and Technology Fayval Williams; president of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, Gregory Chung and CEO of GB Energy-Texaco Jamaica, Mauricio Pulido, at the Texaco Jamaica , Centenary Anniversary press launch, held at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on February 19.
Fayval Williams

Energy Minister Fayval Williams has disclosed that new legislation is coming to protect consumers at the pumps in the wake of new reports that bad gas has again been seeping into the petroleum trade.

Speaking at the press launch of Texaco Jamaica centenary anniversary, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last week, Williams said the Petroleum (Downstream Activities) Act is being developed to regulate the quality of fuel supplied in the country.

“I want to assure you of the Government’s firm commitment to the industry and our continued support in areas of policy and the maintenance of industrial ­harmony within the sector. We are committed to ensuring that consumers receive quality petroleum and petroleum products to meet their energy needs.

“The ministry is committed to creating the legislative framework that would ensure not only ­quality, but safety in accordance with ­international best practices for the benefit of the motoring public,” said Williams.

The newly appointment energy minster underscored that among the aims of the act being ­proposed, is a reduction in the levels of ­pollutants and emissions arising from the use of fuel that may cause environmental and health ­problems, and “an insistence on the protection and safety of ­consumers and the general public”.

The act will seek to facilitate the adoption of better engine and emission-control technology, allow for more effective ­operation of engines, and ensure that where appropriate, information about fuel is provided when it is supplied.

The recommendations by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) that ­investigated the ­substandard petroleum products of the 2015 episode of the bad gas saga, have not yet been fully ­implemented, although Cabinet had accepted the report from the PTRC on August 22, 2016, and agreed to implement a series of recommendations.