Another Cahill?

A week after Government revealed it had dumped the proposed $700 million controversial Cahill plasma gasification programme, one renewable energy advocate yesterday raised the prospect of another such project here.

Director of the Future Centre Trust (FCT) Kammie Holder told reporters although Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe announced that construction of the multi-million dollar project, which was to be located at Vaucluse, St Thomas, was halted, he had reason to believe that waste-to-energy was not dead here.

During debate on an Opposition-led no confidence motion against the Freundel Stuart administration last week, Lowe said the Cahill Energy project was no longer an option.

“I can assure the public today the Government ain’t going nowhere with that option . . . not after so many Barbadians made their voices heard,” he told the country.

However, without divulging details, Holder said he was reliably informed that Government could be pursuing a similar project. As a result, he said, he was not about to hold his breath.

“Let me say that as recently as last week Thursday, within hours of the Minister’s announcement, I got a call that a Canadian company was on the ground in Barbados having meetings claiming that they have a solution similar to waste-to-energy [but] of less environmental impact. So we are not out of the woods as yet. Waste-to-energy plants are seen as cash cows for a selected few,” Holder said at a media conference at BICO Limited’s office on Harbour Road, where officials discussed the dangers posed by styrofoam and plastic to the environment, and the issue of waste disposal.

The FCT director added that there were still a number of unanswered questions related to the failed Cahill Energy project, including the financial implications of terminating the scheme.  (MM)

11 Responses to Another Cahill?

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 20, 2016 at 5:28 am

    They need to educate people on recycling and composting. Then the amount of waste wpuld be significantly reduced. Invest in education as it is the key.

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  2. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small May 20, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Opposition doing work work work

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  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore May 20, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Perhaps, this explains why Dr Low admonished Barbadians to not focus on Cahill but on the technology. It would not surprise me if another foreign company is contracted to do some form of incineration of our waste, because the politicians cannot make enough money from local recycling, especially when a certain minister is involved.

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  4. Green Giant May 20, 2016 at 8:15 am

    We need a solution where our waste is separated at the source. We need to have colour coded bins for different materials with individual collection days. Currently we are paying a substantial amount of money to sort garbage at S B R C. Sorting at source will also see improved mechanical performance of the compactor mechanism on the trucks. Not to pursue this improved system of collection will be to our future financial detriment. It’s all fine and well to privatize government departments, but past, and current administrations have failed to properly regulate state enterprises prior to selling them. These deliberate errors cannot be repeated by this or future governments. If we give careful thought we will realize that this issue is a practice of both parties.

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  5. Tony Waterman May 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    What i don’t understand, is why are our Resources not being utilised to the Max ?? we have a High Commissioner, here in Ottawa, and a Consul General 55 Mins. away in Toronto, the City of Ottawa ((900.000+) Residents went through this whole thing not that long ago, and Had to abandon it, mainly because it NEVER met any of the Benchmarks that were set by the City of Ottawa, and subsequently suffered from cash flow problems, because the Lending market did not see it as a viable cash earner, and it went int Bankruptcy.
    So!!! why would the Minister/Cabinet, have the HC meet with the Mayor of the City of Ottawa and his Engineering Staff, and ascertain what were.are the Pitfalls that they went through, and ultimately, why did they have to cut Short the Plasma gasification Trials.
    would that not give us enough Practical information to enable us to either go forward that route or look to something else, why are we AGAIN trying to INVENT the Wheel??? perhaps to puff our Cheeks up/out and say hey!!! Look what we did, we are World Class. ?? and at whose Expense ???

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  6. dave May 20, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Hello
    The DLP has had two terms now and during the time they have wrecked the economy and other things. No 3rd term for dem–We cant afford dem and their folly.

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    • Wayne Dread May 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      It’s a good thing u only have one vote, or do you? Evidence produced in the previous election revealed, BBB, ###beesbuyingballots

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  7. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

    The DLP government, led by a Prime Minister, who wanted Barbadians to believe that he had no part in the signing of the secretive Cahill agreement, seems to be on a mission to serve what interest them and not what is in the best interest of Barbados and its people. I would tend, no let me change that, I would believe what Cammy Holder is saying here before I believe anything coming from the lips of Dennis Low Lowe. This entire administration has given reasons enough not to trust them or any assertions they make on the behalf of Barbados. That is why I am wondering if they are not in some secret deal with the IMF. How comes all of a sudden, just on the heels of an uprise in protest action; just when they decide in secret to increase their salaries and allowances by 10%, that no one was to know about of course since they like secrecy, that a report from the IMF is saying how the economy is on the up and up.

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  8. dave May 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    The people in Barbados love the DLP and what this DLP Government is doing. There are many persons who defend the Government and Freundel Stuart because he is a nice decent quiet man – Ughhhhh !!!

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  9. recoanthony May 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    NAKED DEPARTURE HAD THAT INFORMATION EVERY SINCE SO I KNEW FROOMS WAS ONE OF THEM THAT + ON, SLIMEY GREASE BAG, LEAVE DEM ALONE DA GINE IMPLODE LIKE DE HILTON COME ON OR BEFORE 2018, DEM IAN’T GET THROUGH WID CAHILL…BUT KNOWING DEM ALWAYS HAVE AH TRICK UP DEM SLEEVE…BUT AS NAKED DEPARTURE ALWAYS SAY….DE DOCILE PEOPLE OF BIM REFUSE TO GET UP AN DO ANY THING..DOCILE PEOPLE.

    TRUE DAVE I CALLED DA SO SILENT NOZZELS/ STEALTH SLEEZEY ETC.

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  10. recoanthony May 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    BBB…..###beesbuying ballotts…..someone says, hhahahaha thank God ah coin has 2 sides

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