DOE Visayas warns vs illegal LPG refills

Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi (Contributed photo)

The Department of Energy (DoE) urged consumers in the Visayas not to patronize illegal refilling stations of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that have proliferated in the region.

The DoE, through its oil industry management bureau, met with LPG suppliers operating in the region to strengthen its campaign against the illegal refills.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also addressed the safety hazards associated with it, including the high risk for explosion of refilled cannisters.

“Butane canisters that have been refilled with LPG are prohibited primarily because they are extremely dangerous. These are fire and explosive hazards. We would like to appeal to the public, especially to our kababayans in the Visayas where this illegal activity has been rampant. Don’t risk your lives and those of your children’s and loved ones’. Do not buy these illegally-refilled LPG canisters,” Cusi said.