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Petrol stations refusing to convert fuel to address petrol sniffing issue

Date posted: 22 July 2015

Petrol stations in three states are resisting increased pressure from the federal government to convert their fuel to a low-aromatic version to combat the issue of petrol sniffing, saying it is too expensive and unnecessary.

Nine petrol stations in the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia are ‘causing problems’ for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, according to documents from Senate Estimates.

The program includes replacing regular unleaded petrol with Opal fuel, designed by BP Australia, which is a low-aromatic unleaded fuel that doesn't create a high when sniffed. But the retailers, including one BP service station in Adelaide River north of Katherine, are refusing to convert to the fuel, saying they have never had an issue with petrol sniffing and that government bureaucrats in Canberra just want to ‘tick the boxes’.

A spokesman from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said that ‘research conducted by the Menzies School of Health Research has found that in most places where the strategy has been introduced, the prevalence of petrol sniffing has dropped sharply.’

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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