The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has closed down two fuel stations and one gas filling depot in the New Juaben municipality in the Eastern Region with an order.
The Goil filling station, located at Chale Junction, was closed down for operating with an expired work permit while Fraga Oil and Gas at Adweso was also banned for operating due to poor safety standards with some of its facilities in a deplorable state.
The two stations were also found to be operating in an unsafe and flood prone areas which are contrary to the EPA rules and regulations.
The Deputy Minister for Environment Science and Innovation, Dr Bernice Adiku Heloo, who led the EPA to carry out the exercise yesterday, indicated that the step was part of government’s routine inspections to ensure compliance of environmental protection and safety standards by the fuel and gas filling stations in the country.
She said the two filling stations had to be closed down because they had violated the environmentally friendly conditions and lacked the safety measures to safeguard any future disaster.
Meanwhile two others, Total two fuel and Manba Gas filling stations, were given six months and one week ultimatum, respectively, to fix an observation wall and water pump, failure of which would attract closure of the facilities.
Dr. Adiku Heloo explained that the government had embarked on a routine tour to ensure that all fuel and gas filling stations in the country abided by the EPA laws in order to avoid the reoccurrence of the June 3 disaster.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong, said that the exercise was not meant to victimise the owners but to ensure that filling stations adhere to the safety measures to prevent the occurrence of fire outbreaks in the region.
She said the EPA, in conjunction with the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council, (ERCC) would continuously educate filling station owners and the general public on precautionary measures to enhance safety.
The Deputy Executive Director in charge of Field Operations of the EPA, Mr. John A. Pwamang, cautioned the filling stations to obey the instructions and safety measures from the EPA to ensure incident free service delivery.
From: David Kodjo, Koforidua.