Team To In­ves­ti­gate ‘Oil’ Clogged In Barotu

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI Edited by Jonathan Bryce litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

Ateam 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.

The oil sub­stance dis­cover at Barotu, Saivou in Ra, which is clog­ging the es­tu­ar­ies in the area.

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