Gas Rationing ???
Does this new move by Hovensa mean that we need to start gasoline rationing ???
Replacing the Hovensa supply will not be like flipping a light switch. Yikes !!!
Yea well, don't worry. Pretty soon it won't do any good to flip the light switch, either.
Sounds like we like shooting ourselves in the foot....
The governor instructed Attorney General Vincent Frazer to write to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and inform them to resume collecting duties on nonexempt shipments of petroleum products for storage at Hovensa. The 6 percent customs duty will go into effect on Aug. 16, the day after the existing interim agreement expires.
On Tuesday, Hovensa responded, saying that no other Caribbean jurisdictions charge duties on stored petroleum, so it cannot compete and no one will use the facility if the 6 percent duty is collected.
The Virgin Islands does not create enough business demand on its own to economically justify continued operation of the storage facility and fuel rack, wrote Hovensa attorney George Dudley in a letter to Government House.
"Consequently when the inventories presently in storage at the refinery are exhausted, they will not be replaced and the storage facilities and fuel rack will be shut down," Dudley said.
On Wednesday, deJongh directed the Commissioners of Licensing and Consumer Affairs and Planning and Natural Resources to provide him with updated reports on the present resources and facilities available on the island of St Croix.
“I want to ensure that there is no disruption to the of supply of gasoline and diesel fuel for motor vehicles and or marine uses, as well as no disruption to the supply of propane for cooking as well as commercial or industrial uses, given the announcement by Hovensa that it will stop supplying the island when present fuel supplies are exhausted,” deJongh said Wednesday.
Gee! That makes me feel sooooo much better while I contemplate being governed by the bad decisons constantly made by our elected MORONS.
ANYBODY got any doubts about who is going to win this skirmish......??
Well, there is an excellent chance on who the winner will be... But, the bad part is WHO the biggest losers are going to be... and it is either one of the two involved in the fight... That is just plain sad...
I wouldn't worry about gas rationing... I did read somewhere that some gas stations already get supplied from or are able to get the supply from PR... The price? That is a different story...
I'm not the least bit concerned about running out of fuel. There is no shortage of supply or storage in the area, even without Hovensa.