May 1, 2003
(Government Services and Lands)


The following is being distributed at the request of the Petroleum Products Pricing Commission:

Petroleum pricing commissioner resumes fact-finding tours

If you live in the Trinity Conception area and want to give some feedback to the Petroleum Products Pricing Commission (PPPC) staff, you will get the chance, starting Monday, May 5.

PPPC commissioner George Saunders and research analyst David Hillier will be in the vicinity that week to conduct a fact-finding tour, one of several undertaken over the past couple of years as part of the commission�s mandate.

When the commission was established in 2001, it was decided that one of the best ways to gather information about how petroleum products are distributed throughout Newfoundland and Labrador was to divide the province into zones and visit these regions.

To date, the commission has carried out site visitations of nearly every area of the province, with the exception of northern Labrador and the east coast.

Because the east coast is the largest portion of the province in terms of population, Mr. Saunders said he will need to divide the trip into several segments.

He and Mr. Hillier will begin this leg of the tour in Arnold�s Cove and then travel to Whitbourne. From there, they will make their way around the Trinity Loop to towns including Bay de Verde, Harbour Grace and Carbonear, and conclude in Holyrood.

The aim is to visit all places where there are gasoline stations and home heat outlets and ensure they are registered with the commission in accordance with the provincial act. Any new information will be added to the commission�s existing database, which Mr. Saunders said has been a beneficial tool to fostering a solid communication network between his office and businesses in the industry.

"We look forward to meeting with as many retailers and distributors involved with gasoline and home heating fuel as possible," said the commissioner. "It will provide an excellent opportunity for us to gather the information we need to continue an open communication with the people directly involved in the industry, while at the same time, it will give people from that area a chance to voice any concerns or suggestions to me and my researcher personally that we may not be aware of."

Mr. Saunders said feedback from the general public is also welcome. Any consumer group or individual wishing to meet with the commissioner during this tour can make an appointment by calling the office toll-free at 1-866-489-8800. Alternatively, they can fax their comments toll-free to 1-866-489-8879.

The visit to the east coast, with the exception of the City of St. John�s, is expected to be completed by the end of June. The capital city tour will take place at a later date.

Media contact: Michelle Hicks, Communications, 1-866-489-8800; cell: (709) 486-4789.

2003 05 01                                       3:25 p.m.

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