Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell
The Parliamentary Opposition is calling for Energy Minister Fayval Williams to update the nation on the implementation of recommendations by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PRTC) which investigated the release of "bad gas" to the retail trade in 2015.
In a statement on Monday, Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell expressed surprise at news reports of the possible existence of more bad gas in the petroleum retail sector.
He said Cabinet had accepted the report from the PRTC on August 22, 2016, and agreed to implement the recommendations.
Mr. Pauwell said both former Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley and Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his capacity as Minister of Energy, failed to follow up and to ensure that the events of 2015 were not repeated. He is therefore urging the new Energy Minister to do the necessary follow up and to ascertain why the recommendations have not been implemented.
Mr. Paulwell argued that reports of "bad gas" being sold to motorists should be treated as an emergency, especially in light of the new reports of "smelly gas".
In the wake of these reports of "smelly gas" being sold to the public, the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) will carry out a survey of its members this week to determine the level of complaints.
Fingers have been pointed at Petrojam as the source of the contaminated fuel.
Speaking with RJR News on Monday JGRA President Gregory Chong said he will share the findings with the relevant parties.