Petroleum Downstream Activities Act Being Modernised

She said the Act also seeks to reduce the level of pollutants and emissions arising from the use of petroleum and to ensure that petroleum products of the highest quality are available to consumers. The Petroleum (Downstream Activities) Act is being modernised to regulate the quality of fuel supplied in Jamaica. The disclosure was made by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, in a speech delivered by Principal Director in the Ministry, Fitzroy Vidal, at the grand opening of the Texaco Mountain View service station in St. Andrew on July 31. The Petroleum (Downstream Activities) Act is being modernised to regulate the quality of fuel supplied in Jamaica.The disclosure was made by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, in a speech delivered by Principal Director in the Ministry, Fitzroy Vidal, at the grand opening of the Texaco Mountain View service station in St. Andrew on July 31.She said the Act also seeks to reduce the level of pollutants and emissions arising from the use of petroleum and to ensure that petroleum products of the highest quality are available to consumers.Mrs. Williams said the Ministry is committed to fostering harmony within the petroleum sector and is constantly developing, amending or refining policy and legislation, which will assist in the development of a world-class industry.“We are there to set the framework for legislation and policy and to allow for the transparent operation of the market. On the other hand, you are the investors, you bring important investment dollars to the economy and therefore ensure employment, creativity and help to underpin productivity and prosperity,” she noted.In the meantime, Minister Williams said the expansion of the service station network across the island augurs well for the country’s petroleum retail sector ensuring that regardless of one’s location, motorists can be assured of access to adequate fuel supply.“Additionally, it helps in the creation of a modern efficient, diversified and environmentally-sustainable energy sector providing affordable and accessible energy supplies,” she noted.Mrs. Williams commended GB Energy, which operates the Texaco brand in Jamaica, on the opening of its newest service station and the strides made in the petroleum industry over the course of its 100 years of operation.“Through your network of over 70 service stations, this company has been able to increase its industrial accounts and market share. I have been made aware that the company will be adding eight new service stations by year-end and will expand the network of stations outfitted to supply or pump Autogas, your Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)-based product, from one to 15,” she said. Story Highlights read more

House Approves Extension Of SOE In South St Andrew

In his address to the House, Mr. Holness reiterated that the SOE is not a long-term solution to fighting crime. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 1) approved the extension of the State of Public Emergency (SOE) for the South St. Andrew Police Division until January 4, 2020. The SOE for the division was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 1) approved the extension of the State of Public Emergency (SOE) for the South St. Andrew Police Division until January 4, 2020.The SOE for the division was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Sunday, July 7, 2019.In his address to the House, Mr. Holness reiterated that the SOE is not a long-term solution to fighting crime.“It is a solution that has yielded results, and we are well aware of the challenges and the downsides to the SOEs. We have done everything possible and we continue to be vigilant to ensure that the downside of the SOE is not such that it outweighs the benefit of the SOE,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that between April 14 and July 6 (84-day period before the SOE was put in place), there were 53 murders in St. Andrew South.“In the comparative period in 2018, there were 29 murders. Since the SOE has been in place for 84 days, we have had 22 murders. I wouldn’t argue [whether the SOE has done enough], but we could all agree that it has more than cut in half the number of murders in the parish,” he said.“We have saved, by virtue of the collective action of this House by putting in place the SOE… 30 lives. There were 51 shootings in the 84 days before the SOE – that is down to 27,” Mr. Holness added.He further argued that the SOE continues “to bring us results if it is used judiciously”.The Prime Minister noted that it is very important that criminals understand that there is a consensus among lawmakers to have a firm handle on crime.“We have started a process of bringing down our murder rate from 1,600 in [2017]… . We have now brought it down to 1,280 [in 2018] and if we continue, we will bring down our murder rate to below 1,000,” Mr. Holness said.The SOE gives the security forces temporary additional powers, including powers of search, arrest and detention.During the SOE, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without a warrant. Story Highlights read more