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Govt ‘dragging feet’ on oil drilling

GERALYN EDWARD, [email protected]

Govt ‘dragging feet’ on oil drilling

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IF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS  (EIAs) are important for offshore oil drilling, they are also important for on-island developments like the Hyatt Hotel.

That was the contention of St George South Member of Parliament Dwight Sutherland as he contributed to debate yesterday in the House of Assembly on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017.

Referencing comments by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart about the importance of credible EIAs to be conducted by the international oil exploration companies that have signed agreements with Barbados, Sutherland said the Prime Minister should also appreciate their importance in the controversial Cahill Gasification project as well as the planned Hyatt Resort at Bay Street in the City.

Contending that major projects should not be done “willy nilly”, the opposition MP called on Government to be consistent in its approach to such matters.(GE)

Please read the full story in today’s MIDWEEK NATION, or in the eNATION edition.