GOVERNMENT is free to move ahead with its plans to sell the Petrotrin refinery to Patriotic Energies and Technologies Company Ltd (PETCL), a company wholly owned by the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU). On Monday, attorney and former United National Congress (UNC) senator Wayne Sturge had his attorneys file a constitutional motion at the High Court in Port of Spain, seeking an interim injunction preventing the sale of the State-owned asset.
That claim was filed on the basis that for the past 20 months, Finance Minister Colm Imbert, in his capacity as chairman of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Energy Affairs, had failed to convene a meeting of the JSC. Sturge was seeking to have the court declare that the failure to have the meeting over such a lengthy period of time was unconstitutional. The interim injunction was to prevent the Government from making any further decisions relative to the sale of the refinery until the matter was heard and determined.