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Cost of fuel on El Hierro criticised as “abusive” to residents 

PAGE 16 Cost of fuel on El  Hierro criticised

El Hierro has put in an official complaint over what it describes as the “abusive” cost of fuel on the island.

Cabildo president Belén Allende says El Hierro is being penalised in comparison to the cost of fuel on the bigger Canary islands and is calling for an investigation.

The move follows a similar objection from La Gomera which Belén Allende said they fully supported.

“I am grateful that you join efforts to denounce this abusive situation that we have been suffering in both islands for years, which violates the rights of consumers who see how, once again, they have to suffer the high cost of double insularity in basic goods,” she said.

The president denounced the situation on March 14th before the official visit to El Hierro by the Minister of Economy, Industrial, Trade and Government of the Canary Islands, Pedro Ortega. A meeting has been requested to address the problem.

Belén Allende said they would follow closely the investigations both of the National Commission and of the autonomic service that regulates the Market of the Competition around the prices of fuels in the Canary Islands.

She said El Hierro has already revealed what it considers abusive prices to local consumers compared to what is paid on other islands, also highlighted by the Canarian Automobile Employer (FREDICA).

“It is abusive and we should give an answer, because, if not, it will be the citizens themselves who seek economically sustainable alternatives to this situation,” she said.

The Herrera president, also a regional deputy for her island, confirmed that her partner in the Chamber, David Cabrera, will address this issue in Parliament “because of the great importance it has for all residents.”

The island of El Hierro currently has three refuelling services managed by Distri-buidora Industrial de Canarias DISA.