14 Apr 2008

Samoa Prime Minister says nothing to worry about in oil pipeline development

3:36 pm on 14 April 2008

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says the stopping of the construction of an oil delivery pipeline on the foreshore of Apia town is illegal.

According to the village chief, Seumanutafa Tiavolo Seumanutafa, the ruling Human Rights Protection Party has done several things to upset the village.

He says this includes plans to change the side of the road people drive on, the exposed oil pipelines, and the construction of a road that runs right across the centre of the village.

The oil pipeline replaces the under water pipelines previously used to deliver oil and diesel from oil tankers to the storage tanks at Sogi.


The village is concerned about the safety of the new pipeline, but at a heated village meeting, Tuilaepa assured them that the Government would never put the lives of people in jeopardy.

Talamua online news quotes Tuilaepa as saying the pipeline had already been given the green light by the Harbour Board and that there was nothing to be worried about.