The village mayor of Ta'elefaga Fagaloa in Samoa says he fears the government will retaliate against moves by the villagers to have a nearby hydro power plant shut down.
Village matais fear that various proposed village projects that need government assistance could be dropped if legal action proceeds.
The mayor or pulenu'u Tulima Sa, told SBC radio over the week-end the court action against the government and the Electric Power Corporation or EPC is not an immediate action.
He says the bad smell from the dam has now gone.
The EPC and the government have not been approached by the village about the matter.