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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (March 22, 1998 - Samoa News)---Although Mobil Oil is supplying diesel fuel for the fishing community, BHP continues to be the sole provider of gasoline in American Samoa.

Mobil representative Bill Rosen says that Mobil hopes to become a gasoline supplier to American Samoa, but must first obtain the approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mobil had planned to bring in 100,000 gallons of gasoline last month, and went so far as to place the gasoline on its tanker headed to Pago Pago, but the gasoline was not discharged because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval had not yet been given.

"We were advised of the USEPA requirement while the shipment was on its way to American Samoa," Rosen told the Samoa News last week, "and we decided it would be in everyone's best interests not to discharge the gasoline here."

Rosen said that the non-discharge did not have any impact on local supplies as BHP had sufficient gasoline supplies on island to take care of the local market.

According to Rosen, Mobil Oil is concentrating on the diesel market, which he says accounts for more than 66% of the petroleum fuel sold in American Samoa.

The Mobil Oil representative pointed out that American Samoa imports about 50 million gallons of petroleum products a year, with diesel fuel accounting for 35 million gallons of that total.

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