Khan: Don’t blame gas for car fires

Paria Fu­el Trad­ing’s gas has met – and in many cas­es – ex­ceed­ed the con­trac­tu­al spec­i­fi­ca­tion, says En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin Khan, as he de­fend­ed the fu­el qual­i­ty.

Re­ply­ing to Op­po­si­tion queries in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day, Khan struck down con­cerns that the qual­i­ty of gas might be re­spon­si­ble for fires which start­ed in sev­er­al cars.

He said Paria’s prod­ucts are ful­ly test­ed at load­ing point, wit­nessed by in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tors. Re­sults are pro­vid­ed to Paria pri­or to dis­charge of all car­go. The prod­uct is al­so test­ed at the Guaracara lab­o­ra­to­ry and in­spect­ed by in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tors.

“To date, all prod­ucts im­port­ed have met and in many cas­es ex­ceed­ed the con­trac­tu­al spec­i­fi­ca­tions. These spec­i­fi­ca­tions are in keep­ing with the Bu­reau of Stan­dards’ spec­i­fi­ca­tions for mo­tor ve­hi­cles, so there’s no is­sue there.

On oth­er Op­po­si­tion queries, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert said all re­leas­es will be is­sued next week- be­fore the end of the week - for Cou­va/Tal­paro/Tabaquite re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tion coun­cil­lors who have been threat­ened with evic­tion due to lack of fund­ing.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young said the num­ber of re­ports of miss­ing girls stood at 290 over Jan­u­ary 2018 to Jan­u­ary 2019.

These were all un­der age 17. The to­tal in­clud­ed 260 girls in 2018 - in­clud­ing one Venezue­lan mi­nor - and 30 up to Jan­u­ary 2019. Young said of that to­tal, 266 were “ex­tract­ed”.

Young added the 19 Venezue­lan women re­cent­ly held in Port-of-Spain are still at a safe house and po­lice probe con­tin­ue on this since the cap­tors in­clude non-na­tion­als.

- by Gail Alexander

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