ARE there problems with Opal?
The Weekend Australian reported that after an 11 month campaign by the federal Department of Health to make Opal the only fuel available in central Australia some large roadhouses – within 2 hours drive of Aboriginal communities – are still holding out. They name:
Tristan Day Coordinator of CAYLUS (Central Australian Youth Link-UP Services) has called on ‘hold out’ roadhouses to take on Opal because it “raised the living standards of Aboriginal people”.
Pat Alexander, Administrator of Erldunda, has said that Opal fuel causes leaks in bowsers and some problems in cars.
Paul Pearson is the Assistant Manager at Caltex in Alice Springs. His station is selling Opal but he says consumer demand means unleaded fuel is unlikelt to be replaced in the near future. He is unsure of what people in Alice Springs think of the Opal project.
“I think what happens in most businesses is the customer drives the product. And if the customer’s going to drive us to Opal fuel, then that’s probably where we’d go. But at the moment, at 400 litres a day versus 3,000 to 4,000 litres of unleaded fuel a day, I know where my business will be, and that’s with unleaded fuel rather than Opal.”
Gerry Hueston, President of BP Australia says “The product meets all fuel standards specifically for vehicles”.
You have to wonder if there has been adequate ‘evidence’ put out about what is likely to happen to cars running on Opal.
Are you part of the Alice Springs community? Has there been much info about Opal?
Would YOU use Opal in your car?