GUAM AND CNMI OFFERED NEW SOLUTION TO USED OIL MESS

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By Laila C. Younis

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (October 17, 2000 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---Two local companies recently joined forces to offer Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas a solution to the disposal of used oil by the islands' residents.

Used oil taken from cars, generator, boat or other recreational vehicles may be dropped off for free at a new recycling plant to open in Agat this January.

Shell Guam and Pacific Environmental Resources, Inc. decided to take action against the illegal dumping of used oil and instead create an opportunity to help the islands' environment.

"At Shell, we have a triple bottom line. We look to see how we can help the community and the environment in our process of offering services to the public," said Andrew Harford, president of Shell Guam, Inc. at a press conference.

"We found a solution that would stamp out the problem of piles of oil being found in the islands' jungle, and turn the oil into usable oil," he said.

As part of the partnership agreement, Shell Guam is providing PERI a de-commissioned refining plant that will be moved and restored near the Shell facility in Agat.

According to PERI General Manager David Taitano, the development of the new refinery plant will cost between $1.5 million and $2 million.

"We are making this large investment for the significant benefits this will have for the islands. We hope to eradicate illegal dumping both in Guam and the CNMI," he said.

Taitano pointed out that in Guam alone, two million gallons of oil is being used per year, and with the lack of community oil collection programs, the dumping of used oil has become an environmental problem.

For the CNMI, Taitano pointed out that a drop-off point has yet to be determined and sees no problem in transporting the oil from the Northern Marianas to their plant in Guam.

The new refinery plant will take used oil and recycle it to high-grade diesel fuel. Shell will provide the outlet to market the recycled fuel to the public.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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