Wells in central Vietnam village polluted with diesel

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All wells in a central Vietnam village have been polluted with diesel, local environment officials said Friday, suggesting leaks at gas stations in the vicinty might be responsible, news website VietNamNet reported.

 

Water samples from Dinh Tan village in Quang Ngai Province showed that all the wells in the village contain high levels of diesel at between VND187-256 milligrams a liter, said inspectors from the province's Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

 

There are three gas stations operating in the village since 1992 and two of them have used underground oil tanks for nearly ten years, officials said.

 

According to the inspectors, some of the underground oil tanks might have been leaking without the owners being aware of it.

 

The provincial government has asked its Department of Industry and Trade to send inspectors to check the gas stations.

 

It is also planning to bring tap water to the village in the near future, officials said.

 

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