DAIC chairman concerned about businesses located close to petrol stations

CEO of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), Achille Chris Joseph.

Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) Achilles Joseph said he is concerned about several businesses which are located close to petrol stations.

He was addressing stakeholders at the 2011 disaster management workshop series, organized by Tropical Shipping in collaboration with the Disaster Management Unit and the Caribbean Central American Action group, which got underway at Garraway Hotel on Thursday.

“There are several businesses that are sited close to petrol service stations and many of us do not know that the wells of the service stations are not necessarily within the confines of the petrol station. So the well could be beneath your house,” he said.

He said the wells of the petrol stations are placed underground, sometimes underneath homes and business places.

He said business owners should take that into consideration when creating a business plan.

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12 Comments

  1. Soldier
    April 16, 2011

    Mr. Joseph, I would like you to point out one .. just one of this Petrol Station in question. Just one! No one can build on a submersible tank as the top of the tank is only a few feet bellow the surface of the ground. Get your facts right sir!

  2. Peace and Love
    April 16, 2011

    Mr. Joseph’s observations can be extended to everyone – not only businesses – when creating disaster or emergency plans.

    Here are some other situations where anything can happen, even though unlikely: (1) driving in a private car with a half to full 10-gallon petrol tank; (2) driving on a public bus with a partially filled16 gallon petrol tank (3) flying in a plane with hundreds of gallons of petrol spread out in the wing, belly or tail (4) seating in vehicle while its petrol tank is being filled.

    I though a web link about fuel tanks would help too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_tank

    Also, we need to be careful too about cooking gas cylinders in or near our kitchens.

  3. opl
    April 15, 2011

    petrol stations in and around roseau are way too close to peoples home!!

  4. linky
    April 15, 2011

    man stop makingt afool out of your self and come back to your dam comoncences i would like to know if u work at the planning department

  5. Anonymous
    April 15, 2011

    I am lost. Are these monitoring wells placed to detect fuel leaks or assess fuel leaks. what kind of wells is he talking about?

  6. BIGGER MAN
    April 15, 2011

    I must be mistaken but isn’t the planning division responsible for approving plans? Well, if your house or business is located too close to a potential hazard, why did planning approve it? You know we must stop blaming the wrong people. Planning needs to know where every well is which would ensure they make informed decisions in approving plans. Of course the people do not know. Who is going to tell them?

    I look at Canefield as a disaster waiting to happen. There are three petrol stations witin yards of each other. Plus, planning approved for a few businesses within that same area. Can you imagine if there was an explosion at even one of these stations? Let us pray!!

  7. truth
    April 15, 2011

    why mr doesnt shut is hole ner, fast fast fast weather the business is located close or far once an explsion happen the whole of roseau and environs is history,

  8. The ZODIAC
    April 15, 2011

    I am yet to get the point.

  9. moi
    April 15, 2011

    LOL well he should know, his office is right next to one!

  10. thinking
    April 15, 2011

    but he not hearing about them chines taking over he not saying nothing that statement he made is for Brisbane man. what is he saying planning was not there when the buildings were built.

    • dominican
      April 15, 2011

      or probably Miniya’s 7-11 or Valley Engineering and much more. What is wrong with these people.

      • Soldier
        April 16, 2011

        Not at all dominican. Go take a look .. you will see the tank access covers very far away from any building.

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