Makati gas station closed not for leak but for operating without permit
November 05, 2018
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THE gas station in Makati City where a leak had been discovered compounded its woes after it was discovered that it had been operating without a permit, prompting an order for its closure.
City Administrator Claro Certeza, in an order of desistance, said that Phoenix Petroleum along Barangay Bangkal has been operating without the “requisite business/mayor’s permit which in a violation of Section 4A 01 of the requisite Makati Revenue Code [of 2004].”
Certeza said the gas station would not be allowed to operate until it complied with the ordinance.
He clarified that the cease and desist order was not linked to the petroleum leak that was reported last week.
“Without prejudice to the filing of the appropriate charges against you in court for violation of the above cited ordinance, you are hereby commended to cease and desist from further operating your business establishment until such time compliance with the said ordinance is made,” the order read.
The gas station was temporarily closed from Thursday to Sunday after a leak in one of its underground pumping stations located at the intersection of Evangelista and Estrella streets in Bangkal was reported to police.
Evangelista Street was opened to traffic on Sunday afternoon after all of the gas tanks and pumping stations were completely cleaned.
The Makati Health Office said the gas leak posed no adverse health risks after residents complained of smelling gasoline inside their homes.
Water service companies sent investigators who assured residents that the water supply of Bangkal was not contaminated.
The Makati government also met with several gas station dealers on Monday to remind them of proper compliance and emergency procedures so that they could operate in the city.
The gas station is 700 meters away from the West Tower Condominium also in Bangkal, where a gas leak was also reported in 2010.
During that time, a team from the University of the Philippines-National Institute for Geological Sciences discovered traces of petroleum inside the exploratory wells they dug up along a southbound service road near the West Tower Condominium.
The leak was near the First Philippine Industrial Corp.’s (FPIC) Pandacan Manila pipeline. Reports then indicated that the leak had a 100 percent explosivity level, which meant that an explosion could occur any time. NEIL JAYSON N. SERVALLOS
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