|Water from a well belonging to a family in Tân Phúc Village turns yellow and smells of oil. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ TĨNH — Vice chairman of the central Hà Tĩnh Province’s People’s Committee Đặng Ngọc Sơn has signed a decision to establish a working group that will be responsible for guiding, inspecting and supervising the treatment of oil-contaminated wells in Hương Trạch Commune’s Tân Phúc Village under Hương Khê District.
The 16-member working group, chaired by Phan Lam Son, deputy director of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, will be tasked with guiding and coordinating directly with the People’s Committee of Hương Khê District to work out plans for treating the contaminated wells.
On April 8, Nguyễn Xuân Hải, a resident of Tân Phúc Village, noticed the smell of oil in his well. A day later, six other families in the village found their wells contaminated with oil. Two of them were severely polluted.
Immediately after receiving the news from the local residents, Hà Tĩnh Province officials went to the village to investigate the matter.
To ensure the safety of the water resources, local authorities have asked the affected families not to use the contaminated water and to have measures in place to prevent fire and explosion. Local authorities will also support the people in accessing safe water.
The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment has requested Hương Khê District People’s Committee to take measures to absorb the water in the contaminated wells to limit water pollution and prevent the oil from spilling into the surrounding areas. — VNS