Barbados Environment Minister Liz Thompson Writes TWO Letters in Six Months!

"I have written to the former Attorney-General, I have written to the Commissioner of Police and I have urged that environmental crime should be treated seriously…"

Barbados Minister of the Environment Elizabeth Thompson in The Nation News June 23, 2006.

Liz Thompson Legacy: All Talk – No Action

Please correct us if we are wrong, but back on February 7, 2006 Liz Thompson said in the Legislature…

“It’s time to arrest and charge illegal dumpers”

On February 9, 2006, Barbados Free Press wrote about Minister Thompson's comment and published Barbados Environment Minister Admits Failure Over Hundreds of Illegal Garbage Dumps – where we stated…

Just what has she done?

“Thompson said she had written the police and the Attorney-General on the subject….

Oh very good! Written two letters! And just what does she now propose after 12 years?

“The day the police do some stings at these dumping sites and charge illegal dumpers, we might see a stop to this,” Thompson said.”

That is your plan? A few stings at a illegal dump or two? That’s it?

So here we are five months later, and Liz Thompson is still giving speeches about the same two letters she wrote last year. Meanwhile, personnel from her Ministry have yet to lay a single illegal dumping charge in TWELVE YEARS!

How About Something Closer To Home, Liz?

Ok, Liz – maybe the hundreds of illegal dumps on the island are just too much for a low-level manager like you to handle, so how about something closer to home that you can (perhaps) do something about?

On Monday, here is what we want you to do, Liz…

When you get to your Constituency Office, park your nice new automobile in your usual spot. Just in case you've forgotten where your office is, here is a photo of the building taken from the field just to the northeast…




Now, exit your auto, and walk a measured 158 steps north and then cross the street. What you see are numerous old trucks and engines dumped in the field – with oil from engines, gas tanks and sumps seeping into the ground and water table. The owner of the field is posted on the sign.

Here are some photos to assist you in finding this illegal dump after you walk the 158 steps from your office…



Liz – May We Suggest…

– Send one of your Environment Ministry personnel into the field to assess the situation, take soil samples, gather evidence and note the owner of the field. (The sign displays "Apex Construction Inc. – Telephone 428-7678")

– Send written notice to the owner to clean up the mess within 10 working days.

– Have as a condition that Environment Ministry personnel be present to supervise the clean-up and proper disposal of the contaminated soil and leaking engines/wrecks.

– Follow-up to ensure that not only has the mess been cleaned up, but that the contaminated soil and leaking engines/wrecks have been taken to a proper location for disposal.

There… pretty easy. Do that Liz, and in a few days you will accomplish more to clean up the island than the BLP has done in the past twelve years.

Think you can handle it, Liz?

BFP photos by Shona 


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Environment, Island Life, Politics & Corruption

12 responses to “Barbados Environment Minister Liz Thompson Writes TWO Letters in Six Months!

  1. Instead of all the “long talk” why can’t they take a few million dollars out of the quarter billion $ WCC2007 or the 120 million $ flyover budgets and start cleaning up the environment.

    When the World cup visitors are going on their Island tours are they going to see sites like the one above?

    At least collect the garbage in the gullies. The old cars and trucks on private property is a legal issue and I dont know how that can be dealt with.

    Barbados is too beautiful to be treated as a garbage dump.

    Can Mr. Duguid update us on what the Government has done,is doing and will do about this before they lose (sorry contest) the next Election?

  2. BFP

    Hi Hants

    Private property or not – there is oil soaking into the soil, and that makes it more than simply parking old vehicles on private property. Shona drove over to Liz’s office and took the photos a few weeks ago. She says that there are big black patches of oil throughout the field.

    It is a small example of an island-wide problem, but is noteworthy (of course) because it is visible from the office of the Minister of the Environment.

    Hey… if four of us write letters about it, does that mean that we’ve done double the work of Liz who only wrote two letters?


  3. John

    Looks like Apex has a museum of the old time Bedford trucks.

    Brings back memories!!

    Anyone remember Bowen’s Old Car Museum?

  4. ……are you saying that the land that those trucks are on belongs to Liz Thompson?

    I heard Liz on tv two night ago imploring the police to start procecuting illegal dumpers, why aren’t you guys calling the police about this land?

    …as you know I have learnt to exercise a higher than normal level of skepticism with your reporting. I find it very difficult that Liz as high profile as she is would expose herself once more in this manner. Either she is a magnet and cannot change her “pulling” ways or you guys are being dishonest. I will not be surprise by either outcome. πŸ˜€

  5. BFP

    Adrian, Adrian, Adrian…

    It clearly states in the article that the owner of the land is indicated on a sign as “Apex Construction Inc. – Telephone 428-7678”

    What kind of nonsense are you trying to interject here by implying that we somehow said that Liz owned the land. We never said that or anything remotely like that.

    Such idiocy, Adrian.

    Look at the photos. See her office? See the same sign in the photo of the field?

    Next you will be accusing us of photoshopping the whole thing out of thin air.

    Everybody gets the point of the article, Adrian… except you because you have another agenda.

    John is correct. You are soooooo predictable.

  6. ross

    Anybody know who Apex belongs to? Maybe they are renting the land.

  7. Well let me play victim here. πŸ˜€ it is not my fault that you think i am infallible, to err is human and as such i made a mistake. I honestly did not read the article, but used the pics as my source couple with my impression of your forum, I then committed the big sin of opinionating on less than factual information. For that i am sorry, no malice was intended, I strive not be like you. πŸ˜€

    Wait wait i did not opinionate i asked a question. I TAKE THAT BACK, ALL THAT was needed is a yes or no answer from you.

    I think you are the ones who need to fest up on what is IMPLIED with those photos.

    …but what is the point you were making with the pictures? WHAT WAS IMPLIED????

  8. Yes Ross: maybe they are renting it from Liz Thompson. Come on BFP you may have a story here yet. Isn’t this the emphasis on the photos? prove that i am an idiot or engaging in idiocy and predictable and do not go to the land registry and look it up, such information is public.

  9. BFP

    We have no indication that the land is owned by Liz, and we would be surprised to discover that she had anything to do with it.

    The point is, the Minister of the Environment can whine all she wants about letter writing for a month of Sundays and how she is going to clean up the island after 12 years of zero dumping charges laid…

    The engines, transmissions, wrecks and oil spills are right across the street from her office.

    The symbolism is undeniable.

    As to whether or not Liz will use the same tired old “I’ve written two letters” excuse during her next public speech – that remains to be seen.

  10. I am just tired of Liz an dher lot of fluff on and off the platforms. Time for a change in St. James South and the whole island. But I especially want to see Liz go. She is a successful failure.

  11. 144

    Those trucks do not belong to Apex!