Aug. 26, 2008 — Although Domino Oil didn't alert the public or the Licensing and Consumer Affairs Department, its gas stations shut down about two weeks ago on St. Thomas and St. John.
"Their barge is in dry dock for repair," Licensing Commissioner Kenrick Robertson said Monday.
Repairs are nearly done. Robertson said that gas stations should receive fuel by Thursday since the company expects a delivery to St. Thomas Wednesday — if the weather cooperates.
According to Robertson, Domino has only one barge. He was unaware that the gas stations were shut down until he received a call from the Source.
However, he said he's asked Domino to alert him when there is a problem so he can let the public know.
"I'm going to maintain communication," he said.
The Domino office on St. Thomas referred questions to the Puerto Rico office. No one returned the call.
St. Thomas has numerous gas stations, so when Domino stations are closed, motorists can go elsewhere. The story is different on St. John since the island only has two gas stations. The Domino station is in Coral Bay, forcing drivers to make the trip to Cruz Bay to the island's only other gas station when the Domino is closed.
For Coral Bay resident Sandy Mohler, the closure was definitely an inconvenience. She said she returned from vacation only to find that her family had used up all the gas in her car because they couldn't get more in Coral Bay. This meant she had to get someone to fill a gas can at E&C gas station in Cruz Bay and bring the gas back to Coral Bay so she could drive to Cruz Bay to fill up.
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