6 May 2010

Oil spill in American Samoa's Pago Pago harbor

10:27 am on 6 May 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard in American Samoa has identified the possible source of an oil spill in Pago Pago Harbor, behind the temporary market place in Pago Pago.

A Coast Guard official, Frank Thompson, says they received a call yesterday morning from the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency about the oil spill.

By early yesterday afternoon the Coast Guard identified what they believe to the source of the spill.

Mr Thompson says it's believed that the oil spill of about 50 gallons is probably oil from an ongoing oil pit at the nearby shoreline village of Satala.

He says Solar Inc. has since been hired to "conduct the removal of oil" which is pretty much close to the shoreline.

The Coast Guard is still reviewing the case.