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Not a waste!

Mottley gets a tongue-lashing from Canadian investor

The Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley, has been accused of being “irresponsible” and of “spreading mistruths” following her recent pronouncements about the multi-million dollar waste-to-energy agreement signed last year between Government and the Guernsey-based Cahill Energy.

The tongue-lashing has come from the company’s Chief Executive Officer Clare Cowan, who in a statement to Barbados TODAY has sought to distance the company from Mottley’s allegations by saying, ”nothing could be further from the truth.”

Just over two weeks ago, in her response to the Government’s 2015-2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Mottley had described the proposed Cahill Energy Project as one of the biggest “sell outs” perpetrated against the people of Barbados.

She had also accused the Government of entering into an exclusive 30-year contract with the company, while charging that Cahill was not being held to any real environmental standards.

Cahill CEO Clare Cowan

Cahill CEO Clare Cowan

“With respect, Ms. Mottley is simply wrong and is being irresponsible by spreading mistruths. Our project has been found to meet or exceed the safety standards set by the World Health Organization, ensuring one of the lowest emission levels in the world,” said Cowan in her email response to questions posed by this newspaper today.

Cowan further insisted that while Mottley has sought to bash the project, there were several benefits to be derived from such an initiative.

In fact, she told Barbados TODAY “Mia Mottley couldn’t be more wrong.

“Cahill Energy’s waste-to-energy project will bring foreign investment, hundreds of good, high-quality jobs and a greener, more sustainable future to Barbados,” the Cahill spokeswoman said, adding “it’s surprising that a political leader wouldn’t support a project that gets Barbados back to work”.

The CEO of the Canadian firm also denied allegations that the project’s $480 million price tag, which they had attached to building a cutting edge technology plasma gasification plant, had almost doubled, or that it would result in Barbadians paying $100 million more per year in electricity costs.

“No”, was the blunt response given by Cowan to those accusations, while noting that attracting foreign investment was critical to improving the Barbadian economy.

“Our project, which will deliver green, affordable energy to the people of Barbados, is a key component of that,” she added.

However, the Cahill CEO opted not to respond to claims by Mottley that the Guernsey-based enterprise had recently agreed to sell the company Cahill Energy Barbados (CEB) and to use the funds raised to promote its own project development business.

“Cahill Energy cannot speculate on these allegations,” she responded.

In an earlier press release, Cowan gave her assurance that the project would bring new jobs and investments to Barbados when it was completed.

She also said they were working with leading international experts to ensure the finished project would be world class.

“Cahill Energy’s Barbados waste-to-energy project will bring new investment, jobs and leading environmental technology to the country. Over the past several days, there has been much discussion about our company and the project we represent. It is our commitment to ensure the people of Barbados understand what this project will mean for them and the future of this country. This project will contribute to a stronger, more prosperous and environmentally secure Barbados,” she said in the press release.

13 Responses to Not a waste!

  1. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man July 4, 2015 at 1:22 am


  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole July 4, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Coloured Man I second that not bout here!

  3. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole July 4, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Half of Barbados has probably seem that MOU by now so we know that it is Clare not Mia who is telling lies. Since she is so adamant that Mia is lying why did she run and put out this PR article that is filled with more lies?

  4. ch July 4, 2015 at 2:26 am

    No madam, you are the one who was misled into believing that all Barbadians are naive and place a price tag on their integrity.
    Nor will we be distracted from the real issues – Was this “agreement” legally and properly authorized? Were the members of Parliament and people of this country- particularly constituents of St. Thomas- properly and rightfully consulted about an issue which impacts their environment and their health?
    Was an independent environmental assessment conducted and if so, by whom? and where is the public report?
    How are you qualified to challenge a member of the Parliament of Barbados on specific procedures, policies and laws pertaining to the conduct of a government of Barbados?
    Yes, I am sure there are mistruths and outright lies but you have named the wrong person.

  5. david July 4, 2015 at 4:10 am

    This press release is inadequate to answer what are legitimate concerns. If the company wishes to be seen as credible they must thoroughly respond to the questions raised.

  6. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne July 4, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Clare Cowan could have conserved her energy. That was a non response.

  7. Alex Alleyne July 4, 2015 at 7:34 am

    War of words will end up as a wall of words ………. Nothing else.

  8. Tony Webster July 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Madam, you forgot to mention that most Bajans are born with congenital defects of incomplete brain formation, and did not make it past primary school.
    However, we have a healthy ability, sharpened by several decades of dealing with “sharp” folks who visit here wid “Brooklyn Bridge” type contracts, and we judge them simply by how dem does waddle: how dem does “quack”; who dem does does “quack” with; what crucial details dem does conveniently “overlook” to quack about.
    In short, m’am, we does be able to distinguish if dem does be a duck; a quack; or just anudder guy trying to sell us a real, 18 ct., gold-plated Brooklyn Bridge.

    Enjoy your stay here , meanwhile. Have fun, but please do not insult our intelligence. That’s not nice.

  9. carson c cadogan July 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Mia Mottley dont have a clue about what she is talking. Misleading some Bajans as usual.

    What I would like her to do is to produce her Law Certificate in Parliament for all to see.

  10. carson c cadogan July 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for putting some lashes in Mia Mottley’s behind Ms. Cowan , Mia is clearly out of her depth.

    Ms. Cowan it is all about partisan Politics with Mia. Dont spend anymore time on her. You would be just wasting your precious energy.

  11. Biggert July 4, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    When Clare Cowan can answer all the questions legitimately asked on behalf of the people of Barbados by Mia Mottley then perhaps we would be in a better position to make up our minds on this project. Until then Ms Cowan, please don’t insult our intelligence and our elected officials. You are out of order!

  12. Charles Worrell July 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I believe the time has come for us to answer the legitimate questions Barbadians need to hear. This is not about Mia nor that lady from overseas. We are talking about trash, stinking, smelly trash and this company is about taking it and transforming it into energy. Not a bad product line at all and indeed, IF ALL THE QUESTIONS are answered truthfully, just maybe, we may be able to get behind it.
    Our Government needs to stop grandstanding and MAKE SURE, THIS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER RIP OFF OF OUR COUNTRY and believe me, the BLP did quite a job at that. This lady did not answer a very important question which has to do with the RESALE of the company. Who is buying it out? Do they have the same commitment to our country? Was this company a blind/mask so as to let in the other company? In other words, who is playing poker with Barbados being the joker?
    These are important questions because when it is all said and done and this lady and her people get their money and leave..(capitalist dogs who buy, cut up and sell off at massive profits), where will it place us especially if we have some underhand profit driven company using up Barbados. What when we don’t have enough trash, they get it from wherever they please. IT STINKS IN NEW YORK; IT STINKS IN NEW JERSEY AND MANY OTHER STATES; WHY ARE THEY NOT DOING THIS ENERGY CONVERSION THERE? TOO MUCH IS NOT ON THE TABLE.


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