NEW INITIATIVES TO COMBAT FUEL LAUNDERING WELCOMED BY JPC

25 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The recent incident in which the toxic residue from fuel laundering activities was deposited near the source for a group water scheme in Co Monaghan was referred to at Monday’s meeting of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee, when members welcomed news of a number of new initiatives being planned to combat this form of crime.
JPC Chairman David Maxwell referred members to national media reports he had heard of a new scheme being contemplated under which all businesses dealing in oil products would have to hold a licence, and purchasers would have to give details of the registrations of their vehicles and what they were buying the oil for.
Robbie Gallagher noted correspondence the JPC had received from Minister of Finance in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Sammy Wilson, who referred to the scourge that fuel laundering posed on both sides of the Border. Minister Wilson said there was a focus group looking into the matter and he expected to see a new initiative this summer, which would be welcomed.
Garda Chief Superintendent Jim Sheridan said there had been over 70 cases of the dumping of the toxic waste from fuel laundering in the county in 2012. A number of people were due to appear before the courts and he would not comment on specific cases, but in recent months there had been a number of detections in this regard and it was likely that charges would follow.
Chief Superintendent Sheridan pointed out that the Gardaí were working very closely with the Revenue Commissioners to deal with this problem, which was a scourge and a big expense to the local authority.
Appealing to people who had information regarding fuel laundering activities to come forward, he said it must be apparent to the public living close to where this level of activity was taking place that something was going on, as fuel laundering required large vehicles and the regular movement of them.
Hugh McElvaney felt that the JPC could take some comfort from correspondence it had also received on this matter from Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford, which talked of the development of a new fuel marker which would be used both north and south.
Stating that this proposal made sense, Colr McElvaney branded those engaged in illegal fuel laundering activities as “vermin”, stating that it was not enough for …

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