The Oil Deposits of Lorient, Brest, Le Mans, Rennes Still Blocked, Some Dry Petrol Pumps

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Petrol Pumps are running dry after a blockade of oil depots

Construction professionals still block this Saturday noon oil deposits Lorient, Brest, Le Mans and Vern-sur-Seiche near Rennes, to defend their tax advantage on diesel. Some petrol stations are already dry. In La Rochelle, the blockade has been lifted. We take stock

Construction machinery, backhoe loaders, skips, tank carriers, are still parked in front of the oil depots  of Lorient, Brest, Le Mans, Vern-sur-Seiche near Rennes, this morning. They prevent the tankers from accessing them. The Breton deposits were blocked from Thursday night and that of Le Mans, Thursday afternoon.

Protesters protest against the removal of the tax advantage on non-road diesel (GNR), provided in the draft finance law for 2020. “The GNR, a tax niche? No, it’s the energy of our work tool “ , can be read on a banner in front of the Le Mans oil depot.

Dry petrol stations

A number of petrol stations have been closed since Friday, in whole or in part, depending on the nature of the fuels they lack.

In Lorient, motorists fearing a shortage of fuel were quick to rush to the service stations. Some are dry this Saturday morning .

At Le Mans, the oil depot located in the Foucaudière area is still blocked. There, construction companies had settled on Thursday morning .

The blockade of La Rochelle lifted

Ditto for the oil depot of Brest where the blockade began around 9 pm Thursday. And as in Lorient, this blockage quickly found an extension in the service stations. This morning, many stations are empty. And there is the queue there are still a few drops to offer. Otherwise, it will be out of order until Monday.

On the other hand, about fifteen people from building organizations (CAPEB, CNAPT) who blocked the La Pallice oil depot in La Rochelle since 11 pm on Thursday raised the camp at around 4:30 pm on Friday.

Public works professionals denounce the gradual elimination of the non-road diesel fiscal niche provided for in the draft budget law for 2020. The government had already tried to remove it at the end of 2018, before turning its back.

“Fluidify” the delivery

The government has decided to temporarily relax the driving time for the transport of hydrocarbons, to “fluidify” the delivery in the context of events around the deposits, according to a decree published Saturday in the Official Journal.

This order, which extends until Wednesday included, allows the operators of transport of hydrocarbons to exceed a maximum of two hours the daily driving time. The maximum weekly driving time may be exceeded within the limit of eight hours.

This decision is taken “considering that the national fuel supply is seriously disrupted by a social movement blocking access to many sites of oil depots ,  says the text, which refers to “an emergency case . ” “The fuel distributors are forced either to wait until access to these sites is released, or to refuel at other depots, more distant,” adds the decree, “considering that this situation requires to accelerate and to streamline the logistics of hydrocarbons to ensure the regular supply of the country and avoid the risk of shortage .

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