Submitted by Anthony Davis
The Government of Barbados through the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) are proposing to develop the Mangrove Pond Green Energy Complex and Beautification Program.
In support of this proposed development, R. J. Burnside International Limited (Burnside) has prepared an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Outline Review. – Barbados Underground
Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy, must have heard about what went on with the plant in Ottawa, yet she came to the Caribbean with the sole idea of making money, and the members of our illustrious Government fell for her tale hook, line and sinker, because Barbados is no further advanced than the other Caribbean nations in its way of doing business. Barbados has been chided for not being very user-friendly when it comes to doing business here.
She just took the sweetest deal she was offered, because the Minister of Finance uses our taxes as if they were his – that’s why he can give away 27 acres of land and free water for 30 years, while the taps here are running dry. He must learn that the enormous amount of taxes which we pay is not part of his personal piggy bank!
It is now clear to me why this Government was in such a hurry to expand the facilities at the port. It is not because we will be having so many tourist liners or freight ships juggling for space, but because the freighter which is to bring the parts for the waste-to-energy plant more than likely needs more space than the other freighters.
I think that it was Dale Marshall who brought up the subject:
How will the truck carrying the parts get to Vaucluse?
Will they have to remove telephone/power poles?
Do we have trucks which can carry such loads, or will one or two be brought in for that purpose?
The Burnside report states that, depending on the size of the plant, the stack would have to be so high that it would have to have lights at the top to warn off aircraft. When a stack is so high its main purpose is to spew the pollutants so high into the atmosphere that they are absorbed up there without falling to the ground, but they will be blown elsewhere.
The Burnside Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) states:”Although facility set-ups may differ in the specific technology used, the sequence of events in the process generally involves (4) ” Air pollution system”. If we are not dealing with air pollution as the Government would have us believe, why is an air pollution system needed?
This is no solution for us as we are a small island and those pollutants will certainly include carbon dioxide and nitrogen. There will almost certainly be particulates being also spewed into the environment. Particulates are particles that are so small that they go directly to the lungs and, like coal particulates, cling to them and cause cancer like the coal ones did/still do with the miners.
It also states that Barbados will likely have to import waste, such as tyres.
What does this Government expect those persons who put their money into renewable energy businesses to do?
What about the state-of -the -art Andrews sugar factory that is being built?
Why build that if Government has to hand over all of the bagasse to Cahill Energy?
Is it true that work on the said Andrews sugar factory has stopped?
It is incomprehensible that this Government would do this knowing full well that it wanted to use the bagasse to produce fuel!
That is the epitome of ineptitude!
It is a crass dereliction of duty!
It places a millstone around the necks of our scions, and our scions’ scions for years to come.
How do we know if nuclear waste won’t be imported?
Will we end up like Haiti – having one of those nuclear waste freighters dump tons of waste on one of our beaches?
It is reported that when the freighter was told to move on the captain dumped the remainder into the ocean.
We have to be very wary of such happenings taking place here.
I have heard of the magnificent seven, and the three musketeers, but now we have the magnificent sixteen.
However, the magnificent seven and the three musketeers fought for justice for the poor. the needy, and the vulnerable in their relative societies.