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MP Intervention Keeps Petrol Pumping

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
MP Intervention Keeps Petrol Pumping

26 June 2009 - Chevron New Zealand will defer the temporary closure of Caltex Kaikohe until Friday September 4, following the intervention of Northland MP John Carter to ensure the company had access to regional environmental data that allowed a more detailed risk assessment to be made.

Mr Carter said Shell had assured him their Kaikohe outlet would be back in business early in September, which assisted Chevron in setting a closure date for its retank.

Mr Carter said both the Northland Regional Council and Chevron deserved praise for the way they had worked to resolve the matter that could have seen Kaikohe without fuel.

Mr Carter cautioned that the Caltex station could only continue to stay open provided it did not have a petrol or diesel leak in the meantime.

"If that were to happen, our environmental protection laws would require it to shut immediately," he said.

"Everyone has given their best endeavour to keep the petrol pumping. I am grateful for that and hopefully the weather will favour Shell's work on their outlet and we won't have any other unforeseen circumstances that get in the way," Mr Carter said.

Chevron spokesperson Sharon Buckland said her company had been working closely with Mr Carter, the Northland Regional Council and the Kaikohe community for the last two weeks to examine the specific environmental conditions in Kaikohe, and to consider all of the alternatives to keep fuel supply going.

"The company has been weighing up the conflicting community priorities of protecting the environment versus maintaining a continuous supply of fuel in Kaikohe," Ms Buckland said.

Chevron said the Northland Regional Council was assisting it with siting monitoring bores around the underground tanks, for early detection of any potential leak. The company will also step up its monitoring programme to protect the surrounding environment.

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