Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Fuel prices

A meeting was held this evening at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar about the price for fuel in these islands. Last time I passed a petrol station (which I usually do on foot), diesel cost an eye-watering £1.55 a litre. American readers can convert that to more than $9 a (US) gallon.

The meeting was attended by Sam Chambers, boss at fuel wholesalers Scottish Fuels. He claimed that SF only made a few pennies on each litre of diesel at Stornoway. The action group for fair fuel prices say that nobody had come away any the wiser from the meeting, and that they were seeking to extend their action to Orkney and Shetland.

The grievance is that the fuel is transported round Scotland by a tanker that calls at Inverness, Scrabster and Stornoway; with prices at Stornoway some 15 pence higher than at Inverness.

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