Phillip Paulwell should be held accountable for #badgasscandal

The Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell have so far refused to name the importer, marketing company and distributor of the contaminated fuel that has been on the markets since November.

I would like it be known, that Phillip Paulwell has fell down on the job once again and MUST be the one held accountable for the bad gas that is now on the market.

I know people will say, the minister cannot be held responsible for everything because he has other folks working for him and to that point I say, well you have a point there. The fact however is the Minister in this case has chosen to hold unto information that could possible exonerate himself, but has instead chosen to keep the information a secret.

Given the posture by the Minister, I wish to point readers to the Petroleum Quality Control Act, which is what is used to guide petrol quality in Jamaica. I will point you to very specific sections of the act, where the Minister cannot shy away from his responsibilities, since this sections sets out the reports that are to be submitted to to Minister on a regular basis.

Records 17.—

  • A producer of any of the petroleum products appearing in the FOU~~ Fourth Schedule shall in respect of each year keep a record of the amount of Schedule every petroleum product produced.
  • (2) An importer of petroleum or of any of the petroleum products Firs1 specified in the First Schedule shall keep a record of the source and disposition Schedule of each shipment of petroleum products.
  • (3) A bulk distributor of petroleum blending stock or of any of the petroleum products specified.in the Fourth Schedule shall keep a record of the source of, and every transaction relating to, such blending stock or petroleum product.
  • (4) A blender of petroleum blending stock or of any of the petroleum products specified in the Fourth Schedule shall keep a record of the volume of each component blended.
  • (5) Every record referred to in paragraph (I), (2), (3) or (4) shall be retained for a period of three years from the date on which the record is made.
  • (6) A person who is required by this regulation to maintain a record shall- (a) provide a copy of any inspection, including the results of any analyses, carried out under the Act;
    1. (h) provide a comparison with the specifications, set out in regulation 10, for each quantity of product sold or transferred to a bulk distributor, producer, bulk user or retailer or to any other person to whom the petroleum product is sold or transferred; and
    2. (c) if requested by the Minister to do so-
      1. (i) produce the record for inspection within the time specified in the request;
      2. (ii) copy or report in writing to the Minister, the contents of such record as is specified in the request within thirty days of the date of receipt of the written request

 

REPORTING TO THE ENERGY MINISTER – PHILLIP PAULWELL

The act sets forth very specific reporting requirements to the minister and a such Phillip Paulwell or is aides must have been made aware of the #badgas before the complaints started or at least should have had that information very soon after.

According to the act as set out below the Minister should have had test results forwarded to him, so I am not not sure why the BSJ is running around doing test save and expect to confirm the information already available  to the minister by the importers/distributors.

Let’s have a read, I extracted the relevant sections.

Report to Minister

Section  18.

  • Every person who produces, imports or exports any petroleum product specified in the Fourth Schedule shall submit to the Minister for each quarter during which the petroleum product is produced, imported or exported, within fifteen days after the last day of each quarter, the information set out in Sixth Schedule.
  • Every person who is a producer, importer, bulk distributor or blender of any petroleum product specified in the Fourth Schedule and who sells, distributes or transfers such product to a retailer or to a bulk user shall submit to the Minister, in respect of each quarter during which the petroleum product is sold, and within fifteen days after the last day of each quarter, the information set out in the Sixth Schedule.

 

Section 19

 Sampling and Analysis of Petroleum Products

  Every-

  1. producer, importer, blender or bulk distributor of any petroleum product specified in the Fourth Schedule; or
  2. retailer or bulk user of gasolene or any petroleum product specified in the Fourth Schedule, shall provide the Minister or any person authorized by the Minister in writing, with a sample of such gasolene or petroleum product for the purpose of determining the composition or quality of the product compared to the specifications contained in the Second Schedule.

Can the Minister therefore tell the nation what really happened here, since it is very clear to me (at least) that Phillip Paulwell has once again fell down on the job.

I urge the Minister to reveal the full information on the #badgasscandal or bear full responsibility for the mess that is now unfolding before us.

Bless.

Full copy of act can be found here

 

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