How Much Will The Greenland Landfill Site Cost?
Originally it was $20 million, then it doubled overnight to $40 million. Now? Hey… with a government project you know how it is – a million skimmed here and a million wasted there and pretty soon, you’re talking real money.
The Nation News is carrying a couple of stories about Greenland today and to give them credit, they gave a call to Professor Hans G. Machel, the author of BFP’s exclusive Greenland series of articles. (listed at the end of this article)
But in a statement reminiscent of the best stand-up comedy we’ve seen at the Lamplighter, one of the stories at the Nation News leads with the “fact” that the $20 million retrofitting project “will come in under budget”. This “retrofitting” is to replace the original $20 million dollar construction that fell apart after a few rainstorms. No mention if the yet-to-be-built leachate plant and transfer station are included in that $20 million dollars.
So, no, the Greenland landfill site is not “under budget”. I’m trying to think of a single “under budget” government project and I can’t. Perhaps some of our BLP readers might be able to help out with some examples?
Meanwhile, the Greenland landfill story is one that should be of interest to each and every citizen. It shows the worst of government mismanagement, over-runs and pig-headed commitment to a flawed concept simply because no one in government dares to say “I guess we made a mistake”.
Professor Machel says that putting a landfill site at Greenland is a major disaster in the making.
Here is part of what he said in his series written for Barbados Free Press…
Greenland Site Is Unstable
A garbage dump at Greenland will be an environmental, ecological, and economic disaster for a number of reasons, chiefly because the ground in the entire region is highly unstable, because of ground water and toxic waste leakage, and because of torrential rainfalls. I have demonstrated this in several public presentations and news paper articles over the last 5 years, and in an informal environmental impact assessment dated January 18, 2006, which the Barbadian press and the Government of Barbados have received.
Everything that had to be said on a technical level has been said. Yet, Government ignores the overwhelming evidence and goes ahead anyway, against all warnings, against all common sense, and against overwhelming public opposition.
In The Years To Come, Ricardo Marshall’s Legacy Will Be A Toxic Waste Disaster
Now that the retro-fit is underway, one conclusion is inevitable: Ricardo Marshall and his cronies, that small group of people who is orchestrating the Greenland fiasco, are either stupid or callous, or both. This is because anyone who does not understand the reasons for the unsuitability of Greenland as a landfill is stupid, and anyone who denies these reasons is callous. These people just do not give a hoot about the environment, nor do they care about the welfare of Barbadians. All they care about is themselves. Barbadians will have to pay a very high price for this, and for generations to come.
Hans G. Machel
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Alberta
Further Reading On The Greenland Fiasco
Nation News: Landfill Ahoy!
Nation News: Greenland Still In Limbo
BFP… (In reverse date order)
March 9, 2007 Rape Of A National Treasure Continues At Greenland Dump
January 21, 2007 Vancouver Sun Newspaper Links To Photos Of Greenland Landfill Site
December 31, 2006 Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados – Professor Machel Replies to Comments
December 20, 2006 Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados
August 21, 2006 Barbados Sand Fingers Poke Through The Clay At Greenland Dump
April 17, 2006 After Barbados Greenland Waste Site Is Full – Then What?
March 9, 2006 Barbados Government Silences Own Greenland Experts
March 1, 2006 Barbados Greenland Consultancy Fees
February 17, 2006 Barbados Greenland Landfill Tenders: Let The Graft Begin!