Photo: Typical Overnight Landslip In Greenland Dump Area
Let’s Re-Name The Project – The Liar Liz Thompson Dump
Construction work has shifted into high gear at the site of the Greenland Dump in the Scotland National Park area. I haven’t been up there for a few months, but according to some friends and a CBC article the place is looking more like the surface of the moon than the paradise it once was.
For those unfamiliar with the issue, the area where the government is building the new dump is one of the most unstable areas on the island and has been the scene of many massive land slips throughout recorded Barbados history. Roads in the area are under constant repair as the unstable ground shifts and tears road surfaces apart – often overnight. Vertical sand fingers poke through the area and are ready to wick away chemicals and garbage leachate into the water table and the sea.
Experts Say There Is No Worse Location For A Barbados Dump
Independent experts like University of Alberta professor Hans Machel (and even the silenced government experts) state that they can’t think of a worse place to put a garbage dump on the island. (See Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados – Professor Machel Names The Liars, Thieves & Incompetents)
Nonetheless, the Government of Barbados continues the Greenland Dump fiasco and refuses to consider other more modern waste disposal technologies such as vapourization. Nope, we’re going to dig a hole, pretend to line it with materials that are supposed to keep the foul liquids and chemicals from getting to the water table – then we’re going to fill it with garbage and cover it up. When the land shifts and slides underneath and tears the liner, it won’t be visible or repairable. Sooner rather than later, folks and wildlife downstream will get the message of an unfolding environmental disaster as their water turns into poison.
The Barbados Government has indemnified the contractors building this disaster, so the people of Barbados are unlikely to have any recourse when the inevitable happens. Don’t worry about the involved politicos… all those responsible will be counting money in their offshore bank accounts and sipping margaritas in Miami when the next landslip happens.
Our thanks to all the BFP readers who alerted us to the CBC article: R, K, J, A and I.
Greenland Landfill Re-started
Government is going ahead with plans to have the Greenland land fill fully operational by next year.
Mike Goddard says the site in St. Andrew is being transformed as construction continues.
Less than a year ago Greenland was like a paradise…lush green vegetation accentuated by two small lakes with water lilies,…..swimming ducks and all.
Today the landscape has been completely changed, to the point where it may not even be recognisable to those who have been there.
Bulldozers, excavators and other heavy earth moving equipment have taken over the site, tearing away the natural surroundings and leaving the bare ground exposed.
It’s all part of the retrofitting and completion of the new multi million dollar facility, which is to replace the Mangrove Pond landfill.
The first phase of the new Greenland plan to clear the site, is nearing its end, and management of the Sanitation Services Authority is advertising in the press for companies to construct a leachate and liquid waste treatment facility.
Leachate is the liquid formed when water soaks into and through a landfill, picking up a variety of suspended and dissolved materials from the waste.
Potential contractors have until April 16 to submit their bids but before this, and on March 29 to be exact, they will have the opportunity to visit Greenland for inspection and test hold digging.
The Greenland landfill is part of a 40 million dollar solid waste management programme and involves what is being termed the retrofitting of Greenland, the construction of a transfer station at Vaucluse St. Thomas to separate garbage, the establishment of a chemical waste storage facility and the setting up of a composting facility.
The project is being financed by the Inter-American Development Bank.
… read the original article at the CBC (link here)