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Tonight a video is going viral - as it shows filthy water being pumped out at high pressure unto the beach at Seine Byte. Here's what the Facebook user posted:

Concerned Resident
"This is a snippet of what is occurring right now on the beach in Seine Bight. This dirty, muddy looking water is coming from the ... and these are the children swimming as the muddy water is going into the ocean and not knowing what it contains. I came for a swim, but I think I will be cancelling because I dont know what is in this water. Look at the brown water flowing into the ocean while the children are swimming."

The allegation is that this is somehow related to the ongoing gas station project in the village but that could not be confirmed.

But, we do know that there is a bulwark of resistance to the project within the village. Last week Tuesday, we shared the views of Lavern Arzu, a member of the Seine Bight chapter of the National Garifuna Council. She was rejecting the gas station project - because the Garifuna residents claim that it is on a location where they conduct sacred cultural rites.

Their Area Rep., Rodwell Ferguson told us that based on a survey of the village, a vast majority of participants were in support of the development, but we continued to receive communication that suggests otherwise. On Thursday, the Garifuna National sent out a press release noting that the opposing villagers feel like their concerns are being ignored.

Their statement says, quote, "The village of Seine Bight has been involved in an ongoing dispute with a Developer by the name of Juan Carlos who wants to open a gas station in the middle of a residential neighborhood. From the beginning, the residents of the village have been clear. They do not object to the construction of a Gas Station in their village but that they objected to the location where it is being built."

They say that Ferguson committed to a one-month hold of the construction of the Gas Station at the site.

The Garifuna Nation insists that only 3 days after that agreement was made, residents noticed that the construction began once again. They interpret that as quote, "a slap in the face of our people and we are outraged at the broken promise", end quote.

Their press release goes on to say that if the developer insists on continuing villagers will seek his eviction "permanently as a personae non-gratia". They will boycott his business, and they will conduct sustained protests. They are warning that he is being given 1 final opportunity to dialog and keep his promise to the villagers to cease and desist from the construction of the gas station at that current location.

And that's not the only gas station controversy on the peninsula, as there is a proposal to build 2 other gas stations in the tiny village.

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Video of Brown Water Investigated in Seine Bight

A video circulating on social media shows brown water being pumped off a beach and into the sea in Seine Bight Village. The resident who posted the video is heard voicing her concerns about it being dumped in an area where children are swimming. New Five spoke to the chairman of the village, Jose Aleman, who told us that after the video surfaced, he did his own investigation. He says the developers of a proposed gas station in the community have been digging in the area to continue construction work. Due to the height of the water table, excess water is being drained back into the sea. But he insists it is nothing to worry about.

On the Phone: Jose Aleman, Chairman, Seine Bight Village

"It would be only fair to say that the water flowing into the sea, one is not contaminated two it is not waste water. This is what we would refer to as ground water in its natural state. If you would dig in your back yard, three to four feet, you would first reach the water table. In Seine Bight we have porous soil and as water flows into the earth, this water is unfiltered through the sand. If you would take this same water and put it in a glass, you would see that the sediments and the residue would go on the bottom and the water would turn much clearer. But due to the color of the soil and the type of soil we have in Seine Bight, which is black of course, the color of this water would either be brown or black. This land has never been known to be a farm land. So, of course no insecticide or pesticides is being used their any at all. As it relates to any fluids that would be toxic to the environment, those were not used as well. However, if you are going to construct any building and the water is high, you would need to seep out the water first before you could continue your work. That is the process that is being done there, and the water being sent to the sea has no toxics in it and it not dangerous to the environment. A geotechnical report was done and a water quality test, I assume, as well was done by the developers. And, by no means is the water harmful to the environment."

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