WHEREAS the Board of Petrotrin announced on the August 28, 2018 that the companyís refinery will cease its crude oil refining operations;
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister on the September 02, 2018 confirmed that the Cabinet had accepted a recommendation of the Petrotrin Board to close its refinery;
AND WHEREAS it is evident that the decision of the Government was without stakeholder consultation and with little or no disclosure to the public;
AND WHEREAS the decision to close the Petrotrin refinery will have direct adverse consequences on thousands of persons as well as on the economy of Trinidad and Tobago;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate take note of the failure of the Government to disclose a viable and credible plan to address the needs of those persons/business affected by the closure of the refinery;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Senate condemn the actions of the Government in closing the Petrotrin refinery.
(By Senator Gerald Ramdeen)
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