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Fish dying by tons, sugar plantation chemicals suspected

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:51 pm

Sugar Plantation in Preah Vihear Suspected in Mass Fish Deaths
March 30, 2017

The Environment Ministry is studying water samples from Preah Vihear province to find out what has been killing thousands of fish in the Stung Sen River, where villagers are reportedly blaming a sugarcane plantation.

A report posted to the National Police website Wednesday’said locals living along the river have accused Rui Feng, one of several Chinese-owned plantations in eastern Preah Vihear growing sugarcane, of dumping chemicals into the waterway and killing the fish. The report said the water had turned black and smelled bad.

It said the Environment Ministry was testing the water to discover what might be causing the death of the fish.

Environment Minister Say Sam Al said the samples were still being analyzed and referred additional questions to the province’s environment department.
Provincial department director Ea Sokha, however, said he was still waiting for the results from the ministry and had no idea when they would arrive.

He said the fish started dying in numbers about a week ago and that locals, despite their suspicions of chemical contamination, were collecting up the carcasses to eat and sell.
“Villagers say they can gather three or four tons per night,” Mr. Sokha said. “We have warned the villagers, but they still eat them.”

The department director would not speculate on the cause. But the National Police report blamed a similar bout of fish deaths in 2013 on Rui Feng for dumping chemicals into a tributary of the Stung Sen...
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/suga ... hs-127243/
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Re: Fish dying by tons, sugar plantation chemicals suspected

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Re: Fish dying by tons, sugar plantation chemicals suspected

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:24 pm

Official Says Fertilizer Caused Fish Deaths; Probe Continuing
April 14, 2017
A provincial official Thursday’said tests have concluded that sudden fish deaths in Preah Vihear province’s Stung Sen River last month were caused by fertilizer runoff from a nearby sugarcane plantation, but the environment minister later said the investigation was ongoing and other culprits were still being considered...
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