Petrol stations need to ration fuel in Southern Russia

Jun 25, 1999 02:00 AM

The cards have been issued to transport vital services - ambulance, police, food suppliers of kindergartens and hospitals, caterers and food shops.
The Stavropol Territory legislature said the fuel crisis was caused by the situation in which major oil companies benefit more from exporting the oil abroad.
Some lawmakers said the crisis was caused by mass-scale checks of petrol stations by the regional prosecutor's office, with the temporary sealing of a many oil reservoirs.
The territory's agriculture has been straitened by fuel shortfalls. The legislature has called on regional governor Aleksandr Chernogorov to decree "a state of emergency" barring petrol tankers from leaving the territory.

Source: BBC via Iinoil
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