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Dec 14, 2021

Habet Comments on Extended EIA Process

Orlando Habet

There are reports that the NEAC has already deliberated and made a decision on Waterloo’s bulk handling facility and cruise ship port. Unconfirmed reports suggest that NEAC has objected to the project. But when we asked Minister Habet for confirmation today, he only revealed that instructions have been given to NEAC to write Waterloo about their decision. And, while we await confirmation, Waterloo in their letter to C.E.O. Williams, asserts that throughout the process they have, “produced over fifteen hundred pages of E.I.A. and addenda… acceding to every request in the most expedient manner possible.”

 

Orlando Habet, Minister of Sustainable Development

“I don’t know to what extent they claim they have given all the information in a timely manner. I know the process has been extended for quite some time. This has been extended long before we came into office. Recall that the original project was to dump ten million cubic meters of sea bed material near Turneffe, close to the reef. And when, NEAC met considering the environmental impact on the reef, knowing it is a UNESCO site, how it will affect our tourisms, and also because of the strong opposition during the consultations, I guess they were asked that listen, we can’t go along with this area where you want to dump the material. You can perhaps now submit how you will dispose of this material on a different site. I think what they did, the resubmitted and taking that material now to what they classify as three different areas, onshore, near shore and offshore. I don’t know the details, but from what I have been told briefly, some of that information is missing, as to where all that material will be placed. If there is ten for example, and you are showing me eight, where is the other two cubic meters? So, I think some of that. As I said, I don’t know all the details, but it doesn’t sound like they have provided all the information asked for.”


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