Chinese companies dredging a river to obtain gravel have been blamed for the wrecking of an entire river eco-system that villagers in Bua relied on for fish, prawns and eels. Acting Commissioner Northern, Alipate Bolalevu, said the landowners agreed to the extraction of gravel from their river and rent is being paid, so there’s nothing he can do. He said nothing about whether there was any environmental assessment and whether the company was sticking to conditions imposed. We are too familiar with the way Frank gives the green light to Chinese companies and no-one can say anything. Bolalevu has obviously been warned to shut or face the boot.
Fiji Times August 12 2014 Ecosystem destroyed