The discovery last week of mobile diesel laundering units in the Ravensdale area shows us once again that the problem of laundered diesel remains a major issue for this region. The fact that the latest discovery was greeted with little more than a collective public shrug indicates that there is a weariness about these types of discoveries. After a while, they are not news anymore.
The myth of laundered diesel being a victimless crime still abounds and there appears to be a belief that it’s only the taxman that feels the pain when it comes to the laundering and sale of diesel in this county.
Of course nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is this a major problem for the state but it is a problem for all of us insofaras a financial loss to the state is ultimately a burden to its citizens. Moreover, it is a major problem for legitimate fuel businesses who are paying their taxes and contributing to the economy but find it difficult to compete with the lower priced laundered diesel. The local authority (and again therefore the citizens) is bearing a huge cost in the clean-up of these operations that pollute our lands and rivers. And so the cycle continues until it comes back to us - the citizens. There will always be a market for laundered diesel as long as consumers continue to buy it and turn a blind eye to its provenance. This is no harmless operation and it is time consumers woke up and saw their own role in this black market operation, one that costs local jobs and damages our local economy.