3 Jul 2006

Federal Aviation Authority offers American Samoa help with fuel tank relocation

9:24 am on 3 July 2006

The government's Office of Petroleum Management in American Samoa has welcomed the support by the Federal Aviation Administration to assist in relocating the jet fuel tank farm at Pago Pago Internationl Airport

However, OPM's Sione Kava said these were similar empty promises the FAA had made before.

He said it is a matter of record that this is not the first time the government has received this kind of offer from the FAA.

He said the issue at hand is that the FAA has never been definitive as to exactly what they mean when they say, they support the relocation project.

Ronald Simpson from the FAA Honolulu office told the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee on Thursday that the federal agency will help relocate the tank fuel but cannot take a lead role in the project.

Kava said it was unfortunate that the co-op, which oversees fuel tank operations in the territory, was not invited to the committee hearing where Simpson testified.

He said it remains unclear as to whether or not the FAA will provide financial assistance for relocation.