Methane gas detected in Ordot Dump

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“The only reason why it needs to be controlled is because methane is obviously not something we want to release in the atmosphere,” Mayor Gogue explained.

Guam – Mitigation efforts have started at the Ordot Dump after residual methane gas was detected during a routine inspection of the site.

Although the dump is capped, Chalan Pago Mayor Jesse Gogue says residual gas potentially lingers in the soil.

And if a substantial amount of methane is detected, then a soil vapor extraction system will be employed to mitigate the residual gas.

Mayor Gogue tells PNC why the mitigation efforts are not only crucial to the environment, but also the health and safety of the village.

“There could be what we call some residual gas in the soil itself that needs to be controlled and the only reason why it needs to be controlled is because methane is obviously not something we want to release in the atmosphere and ultimately the ozone. Hopefully, if [the methane gas] is not in high quantities and high levels then it will be constant monitoring,” he explained.

Mayor Gogue says the process, if needed, will take place this fall.