BP Ultimate is flowing again
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
HIGH octane Ultimate fuel is once again flowing from the bowsers of six Northern Rivers BP petrol stations.
Five stations still have their Ultimate bowsers shut off after testing revealed lower than required octane levels in the high-priced fuel.
Ballina Petroleum, which owns and operates the 11 BP stations, has admitted to misleading the public by mixing standard unleaded petrol with the Ultimate product.
At the time of Ballina Petroleum's admission, BP vowed to end its supply contract with the company.
A BP spokesman yesterday said an independent operations supervisor from Reliance Petroleum would oversee fuel delivery to the stations until an alternative arrangement was found.
"There's been no change in the decision to end our relationship with Ballina Petroleum," he said.
"This is a short-term measure."
As of yesterday, Ultimate fuel had been restored at two BP stations in Lismore, two in Wollongbar, one in Wardell and one in North Ballina.
Stations in West Ballina, Broadwater, Byron Bay, Goonellabah and Suffolk Park remain without the fuel.
Meanwhile, Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors are still investigating the possibility of a class action against Ballina Petroleum.
Solicitor Robert Warren said the firm had received a significant number of phone calls from angry BP customers.
"We've been contacted by a lot of disgruntled consumers," he said.
Last week, Ballina Petroleum spokesman Santo Pennisi guessed the company had reaped an extra $150,000 over the past three years as a result of the false advertising.
Mr Pennisi also apologised for misleading the public.
"Our actions were wrong," he said.
"We want to make it up to people.