Estwick to have his say on waste-to-energy project

Being first does not mean Barbados is a guinea pig.

This from the outspoken Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick on the Cahill Energy waste-to-energy project, who revealed today that he planned to comment on the controversial plant by the end of this week.

Dr Estwick said he had yet to familiarize himself with all the details, but he would conduct his own research in the coming days in an attempt to “understand all of the commotion” that has surrounded the enterprise.

Once that was done, he said, he would tell the country what he felt about the project.

“I intend to go and do the requisite research very, very soon and try to understand all of the commotion that has developed in Barbados. I will do that within this week and educate myself and then I will be in a position to tell Barbadians whether they have anything to fear, or to say these are areas where you have to mitigate against,” he told the media at the conclusion of a ceremony to mark the completion of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and Ionics Freshwater Limited’s (IFL) project.

The Minister, who indicated his background was in chemistry and physics, said he was hearing “some things which make no sense whatsoever”.

However, he gave an insight into his thinking by stating that while he understood some of the concerns being raised by those opposed to the construction of the $700 million plasma gasification plant, there was nothing wrong with Barbados being the first country in the Caribbean to construct such an industrial unit.

Making reference to the introduction of free secondary education here, Dr Estwick cautioned the country against turning being first into something negative.

“There are many countries right now in the world who still feel we should not have free secondary education and there is nothing wrong with being the first. People who are afraid of being the first don’t understand science and technology. It doesn’t mean that you are a guinea pig, it might mean that you are innovators and creators,” Dr Estwick said.

The project, scheduled to be built in Vaucluse, St Thomas by the Guernsey-based Cahill Energy, has faced stiff opposition from Barbadians who question its viability and possible environmental impact. (RB)

8 Responses to Estwick to have his say on waste-to-energy project

  1. Mac10 July 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    A $700million dollar project that requires 3000 acres of agricultural land singed off by FOUR Government Ministers & Minister Estwick doesn’t know the full details???????????

    That so much much about the underhand secrecy of this deal that demands SO MANY answers.

    I look forward to you analysis Minister!

  2. carson c cadogan July 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    How we have taken many steps backwards in Barbados in the recent past.

    Under the old Bajans Barbados was first among many things in the West Indies. And we felt justly proud of our achievements and other countries beat a path to our doorstep to see how it was done. That set Barbados apart from the rest and we were the envy of the West Indies, never afraid to try new things.

    The new Bajans of today are afraid of even their shadow. They are afraid of trying anything new. The new Bajans now want to wait on everyone to innovate and then the new Bajans will copy what they see.

    How things have changed in Barbados, we are now in danger of becoming the most backwards people in the West Indies.

    I blame the myopic Barbados Labour Party for that and a dumb down set of new Bajans.

  3. Sam Clarke July 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Why would you be doing research after you have signed an agreement on this project/ Common sense, seems to be not so common among this administration. research is always done first, before putting a signature to any document, especially a project like this.
    I am so sick and tired of the level of incompetence that is shown by this current administration, that one is led to think that they are comedy writers and comedians.

    • bajanguyster July 31, 2015 at 1:19 am

      he didn’t SAM

  4. Chris hill July 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Now that the pit bull has woken then we must ask. This obviously has not seen the light of day at cabinate meetings because then he would have knowledge of the project being that its costing 700 million during hard economic times. Furthermore the town and country has not seen anything, Emira has not delt wlwuth the energy purchase, fair trade commission has not been informed because they regulate power cost to the people. The whole thing smell’s so bad and with four ministers of cabinate signing off. Estwick wake up and smell de coffee four of them don’t want nobody involved. Wait does the PM even know.

  5. Winston Arthur Trechane July 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Well Dr. David Estwick, go do your “requisite research”. Go slay Goliath. Do you have the stones you will need to give ethical counselling to the Barbadians who are in “commotion” without paying lip service to the scam pairing the Government and Cahill Energy and pitting them against the best interest of the people.

  6. carson c cadogan July 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Sam Clarke what you said is nothing new. Barbados Labour Party supporters think in slow motion. It takes them decades to realize the brilliance of any Govt. formed by the Democratic Labour Party.

    I will give you and the other naysayers a little time and you too will be signing the praises of the DLP.

    Democratic Labour Party Govts. are always ahead of their time.

  7. Sanderson Rowe July 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Please do not hold your breath waiting on Mr Estwick’s twine longer than time report.


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