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Team To Investigate ‘Oil’ Clogged In Barotu

  A team from the Department a of Mineral Resource will be attending to what village claims to be oil substances clogging the estuaries in Barotu, Saivou in Ra. Estuaries
02 Nov 2016 12:00
Team To Investigate ‘Oil’ Clogged In Barotu
The oil substance discover at Barotu, Saivou in Ra, which is clogging the estuaries in the area.

 

A team from the Department a of Mineral Resource will be attending to what village claims to be oil substances clogging the estuaries in Barotu, Saivou in Ra.

Estuaries are defined as a place where the fresh river water meets the sea.

Mineral Resources Department assistant director Raijieli Taga confirmed that they have received a report from the Ra Provincial office.

“We have been notified by the village head man and the provincial administrator on the oil found on the shore,” Ms Taga said.

“We will be sending down a team tomorrow (today) to investigate the findings whether it is oil, what type of oil etc. We will be also analysing it but once our team reach the place.”

Ms Taga said the department is working closely with the Ra provincial office and Turaga-ni-Koro in finding about the oil.

Village headman Ratu Mecuisela Tulewa said the oil substance was found by some children swimming in the estuaries.

“This was after children notified village elders after the river they were swimming in felt uncomfortably hot and the water had a rainbow like colour,” Ratu Mecuisela said.

“We have not been able to determine as to whether it is oil or not, but the Mineral Resource Department is coming to do a thorough investigation and then maybe we will know from there.”

He said that they have informed PA Ra and Roko and they are determine to discover the results of the oil substance investigation.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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