Tag Archives: Environmental Law

Barbados governments prefer publicity campaigns over real environmental laws.

Abandoned Bajan chemical drums. Thanks to successive DLP & BLP Governments, it's not illegal in Barbados.

Barbados has no Environmental Protection legislation – so feel free to dump chemicals. That’s what companies do!

Over five years ago, Barbados Free Press asked Barbados Chemical Dumping – What Would Jesus Do?

Since that time we’ve been relentless in letting Bajans and others know that no Barbados government since independence has bothered to pass Environmental Protection laws. For all the good it does. The politicians didn’t even care when the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association asked the BLP and the DLP Where is the Environmental Act you’ve both been promising for 20 years?

The answer last year was, of course, “coming soon” or “in development” which really means “Shut up woman. We don’t want to upset Shell Oil and other companies that give us political funding.”

And so the “feel good, look good but do nothing” environmental campaign of the DLP government continues with the latest announcement that a chemical safety project “is coming”.

No environmental protection laws mind you: only nice feel good – look good publicity campaigns. Our current Environment Minister says he doesn’t believe in enforcing compliance and no wonder! You have to pass laws to enforce compliance with standards. It’s pretty basic.

Thanks to successive BLP and DLP governments, Barbados has no laws about the handling or disposal of chemicals – but we’re great at promises and recommendations.

Folks, please read the following at The Nation, and welcome to the third world.

Chemical safety project coming

Over the next two years, Barbadians should be better able to manage and dispose of various chemicals through a special project to be spearheaded by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD). Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Consumer Issues, Environment

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association asks BLP & DLP “Where is the Environmental Act you’ve both been promising for 20 years?”

UPDATED: September 2, 2011

Here we are on September 2, 2011 – some 26 years and 8 months since our BLP & DLP governments first promised to pass a comprehensive Environmental Protection Act.

It has been well over a year since Sue Springer, Executive VP of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) asked the DLP and the BLP where their promised Environmental Act went to – and still we have no action.

Nothing has changed. Liz Thompson just rolled into town to talk about the environment and gave us more of the same fine words we’ve heard for almost three decades. At the same meeting, Keith Franklin, Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office said “Environmental issues are taking a toll on the development of the world’s societies and economies and must be discussed and tackled at several levels.”

No kidding? Really? Gosh, we’d never had known!

Nothing but words. Words is all we get from these people. No action. No Environmental Protection Act.

To all our Environment Ministers, past and present, we give a hearty “Thanks for nothing.”

Original article first published May 13, 2010…

“My understanding is that it is coming up now to nearly 15 to 20 years that we are waiting on a new Environmental Act for Barbados. What message does that send?”

… Sue Springer, Executive VP of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) in the Barbados Advocate Protect environment to protect tourism sector.

Citizens getting tired of the same old BS promises from successive Barbados Governments

According to our research and community memory, Bajans were first promised an Environmental Protection Act in 1985 under Tom Adams when Aaron Truss was the BLP Government’s Minister of the Environment. Nothing more was heard about the legislation, and Tom Adams died a few months after the promise. (Some remember that Aaron Truss was once arrested for smuggling slot machines into Barbados as “used cash registers” – chuckle -)

In 1991 the new DLP Environment Minister, Warwick Franklin, promised a “Clean Environment Law”. Nothing happened and no draft was ever seen.

In 1995 newly elected BLP Prime Minister Owen S. Arthur promised to make the environment a priority. Late in 1996 as the true extent of the disastrous Shell Oil pipeline leak started to become known, Arthur went on the record and promised “Environmental legislation, controls and standards”. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Environment, Oil, Political Corruption, Wildlife