L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister)

PROPOSED Cahill Waste to Energy Plant Generating More Questions Than Answers

Submitted by Anthony Davis
Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

The Guernsey-based plasma gasification company, Cahill Energy seems baffled  by “the continuing objections from Barbadians” regarding the controversial waste-to-energy project, with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) […]Clare Cowan blaming ‘incredible misinformation’ for the resistance. – Barbados Today (23 July, 2015)

Under the headline “Exposed MOTTLEY CALLS ON PM TO INVESTIGATE EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT” on page 3 of BARBADOS TODAY dated June 16, 2015, In her reply to the 2015/16 Budget report, Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley stated: “Under a MOU signed on March 15 last year between the Minister of Finance,the Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe, the Minister of Energy Senator Darcy Boyce, and the Minister of Housing Denis Kellman, and the CEO of Cahill Energy Clare Cowan, the Canadian firm was exempted from paying a slew of taxes, including corporation tax, Value Added Tax, transfer tax, import duties on waste, tyres and other supply items, as well as export duties.”

It seems to me that Mrs. Cowan and the Minister of the Environment cannot understand the pros and quos of this infamous deal. Pray tell me, why would any company build any plant whereby the people of the relative country wouldn’t have to pay one red cent for placing the plant at the Government’s and the people’s disposal? Is this company a philanthropic one?

Methinks not!

I find it condescending of Mrs. Cowan to state that the reason they had awarded the building of this plant in Barbados is because Barbadians are the better educated of the people in the Caribbean. This statement is nothing but a means of buttering us up so that we would accept this waste of energy plant. Also, the economic situation of Barbados is at present no better than any of the other countries in the Caribbean.

If the people of Barbados do not have to spend anything on this project, who will pay for all of the free things which the Leader of the Opposition mentioned in her reply to the Budget, and to which no one on the Government benches found the audacity to refute? The Minister of Tourism, who spoke after the Leader of the Opposition didn’t even try to deny what she said, but made some statement about her not saying anything pertaining to the budget.

Mrs. Cowan sidestepped many questions about this sweetheart deal which is bound to make “Butch” Stewart green with envy. Mrs. Cowan is right in one thing, i.e. that we are educated. We are educated enough to know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone has got to pay the bill. In this case however, those who called the tune won’t be the ones to pay the piper, but the taxpayers of Barbados – the people who you say won’t have to pay anything.

The Minister of Finance has “a low cash flow”, but he can afford to give away millions of our tax dollars in free water, free land, waivers of taxes, etc. for some company which we know nothing about. There are people in this country who don’t even get water on a regular basis, but still have to pay the BWA exorbitant sums of money for a commodity which they have not received. If one of these same people defaults on his/her payment I bet the water would be cut off.

How do we know if by digging so many wells on the free 27 acres of land at Vaucluse it will not destabilise the land and cause some environmental problem which would cause us to spend millions of dollars to rectify it? There are too many unknowns with this plant – especially seeing that no one is prepared to explain to the populace of this country what the real deal is. What is the situation with the state-of-the-art Andrews factory? Are we to assume that that is no longer viable? What about about all of these clean energy companies which have recently been formed?

In the MOU it states that Cahill Energy will be allowed to import tyres and other people’s garbage to be incinerated here, How come Mrs. Cowan is denying this? The Minister of the Environment stated that in 25 years Barbados would be free of garbage. Will the plant be decommissioned then if, as Mrs. Cowan stated, no garbage will be imported?

I SHOULD THINK NOT!

They are not philanthropists.

My biggest problem with this plant is the possibility of nuclear ash ending up here to be burnt at Vaucluse. We all know that the wind blows from whatever direction it pleases, whenever it pleases, and wherever it pleases so we cannot stand by and say: It does not affect me. This affects us all, and I think that the populace of this country had better get off their butts and see what they can do about this thing that is being fobbed off on us without any proper explanation.

This will be too large a burden for our children and their children to bear. The only thing that will be safe is the money flowing into Cahill’s pockets.

“Beware of gift-bringing Greeks!”

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95 Comments on “PROPOSED Cahill Waste to Energy Plant Generating More Questions Than Answers”

  1. Artaxerxes July 31, 2015 at 1:13 PM #

    Due Diligence July 31, 2015 at 11:39 AM #

    “A blast from the past…..”

    DD, I have always been saying it seems as though politicians often forget what they say and hope that we, the electorate, don’t remember what they say either.

    The video you posted is a perfect example. Ironically, what Lowe said at this meeting could be juxtaposed to our present situation in Barbados.

    As it relates to Liz Thompson and saying she “was pronounced dead in Barbados and re-emerged with her hair falling out,” perhaps if Lowe could have seen what was in store for him in the future, he probably would not have made those comments.

    Obviously, the DLP supporters assigned to BU will inform Lowe of this video, and hopefully, after watching it, he would reflect with sadness that December 30, 2010, he was admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the QEH, in serious condition, apparently suffering from respiratory problems.

    Perhaps those in the audience that laughed at Lowe’s description of Thompson’s illness would have deemed it offensive, if others had behaved in a similar manner towards Lowe’s condition, while asking for sympathy on his part.

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  2. David July 31, 2015 at 1:17 PM #

    @Guy Fox

    If the agreement has an irrevocable clause it must be contingent on the EIA being improved. The PM can work his magic with Cummins.

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  3. watchman July 31, 2015 at 1:18 PM #

    @AC
    Its good to see Donville is writing as one of the ACs today , can you say who will be Candidate for the St. James Central in the coming general election ,or if a person can call on you in the mean time

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  4. Artaxerxes July 31, 2015 at 1:36 PM #

    Forgetfulness seems to embrace the party supporters as well.

    We had the consortium, in their July 29, 2015 post at 5:59 PM, saying “Well the word out is that the only thing that can stop this project is an act of GOD or the EPA…..”

    They have been implying that those individuals, who raised concerns about transparency and mentioning government seemingly wanting to force WTE plant on Barbadians, are being unpatriotic and politically motivated.

    Yet, the consortium mentioned “Decisions dealing with matters that involved an entire population must be adjudicated and well thought out with focusing on the entire population and not given by an advocacy of coercion…”

    This is EXACTLY WHAT BARBADIANS HAVE BEEN ASKING OF THE DLP BEFORE THEY EMBARK UPON COMMENCING THE PROJECT, and by the AC consortium were labeling them as being political, negative and unpatriotic.

    They are a DLP hypocrite.

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  5. David July 31, 2015 at 4:13 PM #

    What is noteworthy about this Arthur fellow who calls the talk show daily to defend the indefensible is that his name begins with a.

    @Artax

    There are exceptions to every rule😀

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  6. ac July 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM #

    Decisions Yet, the consortium mentioned “Decisions dealing with matters that involved an entire population must be adjudicated and well thought out with focusing on the entire population and not given by an advocacy of coercion…”

    Oh boy applying one thoughts to any comment can be foolish and immature especially when taken out of context and taking away from the contents that it should be applied
    The above comment is meant to be a continuum of comments which i made about transparency and the many actions involved with the WTE before govt can speak with certainty , Apparantly their are two different horses attached to the same wagon on this issue a horse of a different breed with a transparent attack on govt,
    the other horse who has remained silent and not perturbed by the braying and stomping of its partner

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  7. islandgal246 July 31, 2015 at 7:17 PM #

    Where did these four rogue Minister meet this SLEAZE BAG of a Woman? Who was responsible for introducing her to them? Just looking at the video she hasn’t a clue. How can this bunch of IDIOTS manage to impress the Barbados Government and con them into building a 700M WTE plant? Lawd was it white puss dat turn dem heads? Don’t they have any pride at all? Some things are best left untouched.

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  8. ac July 31, 2015 at 7:28 PM #

    yuh need to hush island gal you could not wait to have some one armed bandits to con govt into buying into Red jet ,never heard a word or talk about transparency coming from you and same noise makers .nevertheless knuckle heads like you were first in line to buy into some type of manufactured bogus cheap tickets plan from the airline

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  9. Due Diligence July 31, 2015 at 7:29 PM #

    islandgal246 July 31, 2015 at 7:17 PM #

    “Some things are best left untouched.”

    Including that white puss.

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  10. Prodigal Son July 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM #

    Artaxerxes,

    Did you hear the Stinkliar today in a request from Bajan Reporter to answer questions on Cahill say…………..let the fish gather………..people going on partial information etc……….plus a lot of lies!

    Islandgal, I asked the same question on a thread here………how did these rogue ministers meet this con woman. The answer maybe….they were looking for one!

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  11. islandgal246 August 1, 2015 at 6:23 AM #

    ac July 31, 2015 at 7:28 PM #

    yuh need to hush island gal you could not wait to have some one armed bandits to con govt into buying into Red jet ,never heard a word or talk about transparency coming from you and same noise makers .nevertheless knuckle heads like you were first in line to buy into some type of manufactured bogus cheap tickets plan from the airline

    AC you have a serious problem in recalling things. I never heard of Red Jet asking government to purchase shares as far as I know they wanted the some of the same subsidies they give to airlines coming into Barbados. I never bought a ticket to fly on Redjet. You are such a pile of cat shit!

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  12. ac August 1, 2015 at 7:12 AM #

    wuh dam island gal uh husband ain.t guh uh none last nite, bozie ain,t my fault

    wuh uh was one dem flying the flag fuh dee one arm bandit red jet looking forward to buying the bogus cheap tickets and not questioning the concessions they were supposed to /or got , girl dont mek me lafff ..HA! HA! guh long wid yuh long mout and dont bother muh spirit so early in the morning heifer i uh know uh must be angry as sh,iite this mornong waiting fuh that itch to be serviced ole heifer gih lond do ,,,steupse

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  13. islandgal246 August 1, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    Listen to me PIECE of SHIT because you does let yuh husband go up yur back door that doesn’t mean that everyone is doing it! Yuh rass hole too lose this morning! CORK IT!

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  14. ac August 1, 2015 at 9:35 AM #

    Ha!Ha! What a jerk RoflmfaoHA HA

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  15. David August 1, 2015 at 9:47 AM #

    Why do some of you allow yourselves to be pulled into the gutter where some people are comfortable? It is so easy to ignore if you are focused.

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  16. Guy Fox August 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM #

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  17. St George's Dragon August 1, 2015 at 11:22 AM #

    I nominate ac to write the next DLP manifesto.

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  18. ac August 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM #

    For your information speckled fowl David BU ac don’t go knocking at anybody door bear that in mind when yuh scalliwag friends come knocking at ac door to throw dutti water

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  19. David August 1, 2015 at 1:16 PM #

    Avoid the loud and the aggressive, they only distress the soul.

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  20. Harry "Crock" Hinds August 4, 2015 at 8:02 PM #

    Why can’t you people focus on proper reasoning and behave yourselves and behave like educated adults as you claim to be. I am not for or against CAHILL WASTE TO ENERGY because I do not know enough about THEM AND THE WORKS. I AM AGAINST ALL OF THE FREENESS THAT IS ON THE TABLE FOR THE COMPANY AND DEFINITELY NO IMPORTATION OF OTHER PEOPLE’S GARBAGE,IF THAT IS TO BE SO. THEN I WOULD SAY IT WOULD BE BEST TO EXPORT OUR GARBAGE TO ONE OF THE OTHER ISLANDS WHERE THE COMPANY CAN GET PERMISSION TO SET UP THE BUSINESS AND LET US IN BEAUTIFUL BARBADOS CONTINUE TO ENJOY GOOD FRESH AIR AND HEALTHY LONG LIVES. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS ALL ABOUT THEM MAKING MONEY. THE POLITICIANS AND THE COMPANIES THAT WANT TO SET UP HERE.

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