9 Mar 2012

Cook Islands MP proposes Aitutaki LPG station

10:47 am on 9 March 2012

The Aitutaki MP Teina Bishop has plans to build a liquid petroleum gas filling station to help alleviate frequent fuel shortages on Aitutaki.

The Cook Islands news says an Environmental Impact Assessment report has been prepared to point out the potential risks of the proposed project.

Mr Bishop says the station, to be built in Amuri, is the only sure-fire way to minimise the issue of LPG shortages on Aitutaki.

He says the alternative to building a filling station would be importing LPG through 100 LB cylinders, but says this is both 'uneconomic' and will rely on 'inconsistent' shipping.

The EIA report says hazards of building a filling station are eventual LPG leaks, and subsequent explosions and fire.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions to the National Environment Service outlining any reservations they might have about the proposed station.