Gov't to seek bad gas compensation for motorists

January 13, 2016


The Government is paving the way for motorists affected by contaminated gas to be compensated. Phillip Paulwell, minister of science, technology, energy and mining, made the disclosure during an oil and gas exploration tour of the vessel BGP Challenger at the Kingston Harbour yesterday morning.

"We will be looking at the possibility of a government-sponsored class action on behalf of consumers," said Paulwell. "We want to show that we are fully in support of our consumers."


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He added: "One of the reasons that we have been so cautious is to preserve the rights of our consumers. ... Even before that, we are now looking at legal possibilities, including legal class action."

Paulwell told The Star that Cabinet on Monday gave the greenlight for such an undertaking, after the three-member committee that he will be chairing prepares its report.

Other members of the committee are Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, and Attorney General Patrick Atkinson.

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