4 Dec 2002

EPA says dodgy petrol sent to American Samoa

6:05 pm on 4 December 2002

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has found that the oil company Exxon Mobil had not complied with federal regulations with its petrol shipments to American Samoa from March to September this year.

The EPA says it appears Mobil sent millions of litres of gasoline which did not contain a detergent additive which would have cut emissions and reduced engine wear.

The Congressman Faleomaega Eni Hunkin had asked the EPA to investigate a fuel shortage in the Territory two months ago.

Their investigation has also shown that Mobil petrol may have been mixed with BP fuel and that this mixture did not reach EPA standards.

The Congressman says Mobil should issue an apology to the people of the Territory for knowingly and willingly selling them sub standard fuel.

And he says the companies should pay for any and all damage that may have occurred as a result of the fiasco.