MP Voices Opposition To Geothermal Energy In Samoa

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Levaopolo says digging far enough risks exposing volcano

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Nov. 12, 2013) – Scrap the idea of geothermal energy in Samoa. It’s too dangerous, said Shadow Minister of the Electric Power Corporation (EPC) Levaopolo Talatonu.

Dig deep enough into the earth to harness geothermal energy poses the risk of causing a volcano to erupt to the surface, Levaopolo said.

"We need to be cautious not to create more problems," he said.

"Solar and wind (energy) will suffice for Samoa," said the Gagaemauga No. 2 MP.

EPC Minister Manu’alesagalala Enokati Posala has gone to China with a wish list. One of the items on the list is to ask China to establish a geothermal power system for Samoa.

Except for that request Levaopolo agrees with the wish list, which was prepared for Manu’alesagalala by EPC General Manager Tologata Tile Leia.

In a letter dated 12 June but discussed again shortly before the minister left for China last week, Tologata lists the items he wanted the minister to ask China for.

They are:

Levaopolo has reason to be concerned with volcanoes. One wiped out villages in his constituency in the early 1900s and the lava fields at Samalaeulu are what remains to date.

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