Seneca Nation to suspend 2 fuel providers for violating Seneca law

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Seneca Nation says two motor fuel providers are in violation of nation laws and could have their business licenses suspended, Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong Sr. announced Tuesday.

A company that supplies fuel to gas stations on the nation’s territories, Crossett, Inc. of Warren, Pa., was given a letter demanding that it send necessary fees to the Seneca Nation and obtain required licenses by Friday or it will be suspended from doing business until it has met the nation’s requirements.

Another company, Melzer’s Fuel Service of Painesville, Ohio, does not have a valid Seneca Nation business license and will be suspended until it gains a proper license and meets all requirements.

“The motor fuel trade is a linchpin of the Seneca Nation economy. We will not condone any operation or provision of services that evades or seeks to evade our Nation’s laws and requirements for doing business on our Territory,” Armstrong Sr. said in a news release. “Doing business with the Seneca Nation is a privilege, not a right. If providers are willing to engage fairly with us and comply with Seneca Nation laws and requirements, we are happy to continue working with them so the Seneca Nation’s economy can remain strong.”

Two other companies, Pro Oil, Inc. of Silver Creek and Shorts Oil, Co. of Wellsville, were initially said to have been in violation of Seneca Law, but Seneca Nation later said the companies were in compliance.

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