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Do-Nothing Barbados Environment Minister Highlights DLP Government’s Impotence

A Sunday Morning Barbados Prayer

Dear Lord,

Please give us a government that will be able to announce actual accomplishments in the media – instead of a continual litany of half-baked plans, promises and musings about things everybody knows should have been addressed ten years ago.

Recently, Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe stated that the absence of legislation to govern the disposal of chemicals in this island, including those categorised as chemical waste, needs to be addressed.

Wuhloss!

Lord, after 14 years as Opposition and then 13 months as the Government of Barbados, one would think that Minister Lowe and his party might have long realised that Barbados has no environmental legislation or enforcement. One would think that the current DLP government might have been able to introduce and pass at least ONE piece of environmental legislation sometime in the past 13 months.

Dear Lord, as we the people of Barbados consider the past year, we have a checklist of simple things that Prime Minister Thompson’s government could have easily accomplished had they bothered…

1/ New legislation to set handling and disposal standards for toxic chemicals like those that resulted in the closing of Louis Lynch school?

Nothing

2/ Petroleum pipeline standards that would require companies to measure transmission losses on a daily basis to detect pipeline leaks – to prevent another pipeline leak from going undetected for months as happened with Shell?

Nothing.

3/ Targeting of the Top 10 polluters on Barbados to document, educate, notify and then charge?

Nothing.

4/ New Environmental Legislation of any kind?

Nothing.

5/ Major educational and enforcement efforts introduced to stop the island-wide littering that is destroying our value as a tourist destination?

Nothing.

Dear Lord, PLEASE make the newspapers stop publishing stories about what our government is “thinking”, “intending” or “planning” to do. PLEASE make the newspapers publish only stories about what the government has actually done.

Only then, Lord, will Barbadians realise exactly how little their elected representatives really accomplish. Only then will Bajans start to demand real accountability from the so-called leaders who have accomplished absolutely nothing tangible – who produce fine words but no actual results.

People like Environment Minister Denis Lowe and the employees of the Ministry of the Environment.

Amen.

Here is the sad article from the Barbados Advocate that again confirms Bajans are stuck in a never-ending bad dream where politicians keep making the same speeches year after year. We post the article in full because the Advocate destroys its archives every so often. One would think from Minister Lowe’s comments that no other government in the world has studied or implemented environmental legislation of any kind and that Barbados will be inventing the science from scratch! Please, Minister Lowe… stop your gosh darn talking and call up Britain or California and copy their rules. PLEASE just make something – anything – happen!

WILL THE GOVERNMENT PLEASE STOP TALKING AND JUST BLOODY-WELL DO SOMETHING!

Local chemical waste disposal laws lacking

2/6/2009 (Online story link here)

THE absence of legislation to govern the disposal of chemicals in this island, including those categorised as chemical waste, needs to be addressed.

Speaking at the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Workshop, Minister of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe, said there are several gaps in the existing legal infrastructure for chemicals management, while pointing out the need for the implementation of relevant regulations.

Reminding those persons gathered at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday of the fire at Baygon in 2007, he said this caused quantities of pollutants to be released into the air and soil.

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Barbados Boycotts Abusive Irresponsible Oil Company: TO HELL WITH SHELL!

So-Called "Clean-Up" By Shell Oil In Barbados

So-Called "Clean-Up" By Shell Oil In Barbados

Boycott Barbados Shell Stations!

We the People, Declare…

1/ Fifteen Years Ago, Shell Spilled At Least A Half A Million Gallons Of Jet Fuel Into The Barbados Water Table. Shell Has Not Cleaned Up The Spill Or Compensated The Immediate Victims

shell-oil-pollution.gifFor the last fifteen years, since 1994,  Shell Oil has been avoiding responsibility for a pipeline leak that spilled at least a half a million gallons of jet fuel into the water table. Their “clean-up” effort has been laughable. This jet fuel has not gone away and even last year water wells within a few hundred feet of a beach were still filled with almost pure kerosene jet fuel. Shell Oil’s response has been to offer Barbados farmers less than one hour of Shell’s profits. Barbados farmers were offered US$2 million in total to be spread among the victims. Shell makes approximately US$3 million per hour.

2/Barbados South Coast Water Table Is Contaminated By Jet Fuel. Our Beaches Are At Risk.

Besides the farmers who lost the use and value of their lands, there has been a vast amount of damage to Barbados as a country. Our water table has been contaminated by Shell and our beaches are still at risk from the pipeline spill.

3/ After 15 Years, It Is Now A Proven Fact That Citizens Cannot Rely Upon Government To Hold Shell Oil Accountable or Force The Company To Clean Up Their Spill

Both the BLP Government of Owen Arthur and Mia Motley and the current DLP government of David Thompson have failed to hold Shell Oil accountable.  Neither the DLP nor the BLP governments implemented any laws that would penalise polluters and make them pay to clean up their mess. Neither the DLP nor the BLP government even passed a simple law compelling pipeline owners to make daily measurements and to report any leakage to the government!

4/ We Refuse To Give Credibility To Strategic Divisions In Shell’s Company And Marketing Structure: Shell is Shell

The current operators of the Shell brand in Barbados argue that their company is not the same company that owned the leaky pipeline. Our response is “Shell is Shell. We shall boycott the Shell brand on Barbados wherever it is found.”

Not One More Bajan Dollar To Shell – Until The Mess Is Cleaned Up, The Farmers Are Compensated, And Shell Acknowledges Its Duty To Pay For Any Future Damages Not Yet Evident.

Further Reading…

How Much Did It Cost Shell Oil To Buy Two Barbados Governments? Without Election Financing Laws, We’ll Never Know

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How Much Did It Cost Shell Oil To Buy Two Barbados Governments? Without Election Financing Laws, We’ll Never Know

So-Called "Clean-Up" By Shell Oil In Barbados

So-Called "Clean-Up" By Shell Oil In Barbados

Fifteen Years Of Shell Pollution + Fifteen Years Of Shell Campaign Donations = Environmental Rape

There is no question that Shell Oil bought and paid for two successive Barbados governments. How else can we explain the actions of both the BLP and DLP governments in allowing this negligent and abusive company to walk away free from a major pipeline leak that polluted the water table over hundreds of acres, ruined agricultural land and still threatens our beaches?

shell-oil-pollution.gifFor the last fifteen years, since 1994,  Shell Oil has been avoiding responsibility for a pipeline leak that spilled at least a half a million gallons of jet fuel into the water table. This jet fuel has not gone away and even last year water wells within a few hundred feet of a beach were still filled with almost pure kerosene jet fuel. Shell Oil’s response has been to offer Barbados farmers less than one hour of Shell’s profits. Barbados farmers were offered US$2 million in total to be spread among the victims. Shell makes approximately US$3 million per hour.

Both the BLP Government of Owen Arthur and Mia Motley and the current DLP government of David Thompson have failed to hold Shell Oil accountable. Besides the farmers who lost the use and value of their lands, there has been vast amounts of damage to Barbados as a country and our beaches are still at risk from the pipeline spill. But neither the DLP nor the BLP governments implemented any laws that would penalise polluters and make them pay to clean up their mess.

Neither the DLP nor the BLP government even passed a simple law compelling pipeline owners to make daily measurements and to report any leakage to the government!

Think about that, friends. In the 15 years since half a million gallons of jet fuel polluted wells and agricultural land on the south coast because the criminals at Shell Oil didn’t even realise the leakage was happening, your useless do-nothing governments haven’t even been able to pass a law requiring Shell Oil to monitor for leaks daily and to report leaks to the government.

How Much Money Did Shell Oil Contribute To Barbados Political Parties In The Last 15 Years?

bribery.jpgOne of the features of our so-called “democracy” is that Barbados has no laws regulating how much money corporations and individuals can contribute to “election campaigns”. We have no laws requiring public disclosure of large amounts of cash. And even when our former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was caught red-handed depositing so-called “election donations” into his personal bank account, David Thompson did not have the courage and integrity to prosecute him. This is because Thompson and his DLP party regularly engage in similar unethical activities with election funds and they don’t want to start that kind of a war with the BLP. Much too dangerous.

Prime Minister Thompson, we citizens want to know how much money the DLP received from Shell Oil or any of its associated companies or persons in the last 15 years. Opposition Leader Mia Motley, we citizens want to know how much money the BLP received from Shell Oil or any of its associated companies or persons in the last 15 years.

For 15 years our governments have allowed Shell oil to get away with environmental rape of our land, our water and our beaches. Is it any wonder that the majority of citizens have so little faith in our elected and appointed government officials?

Further Reading

BFP – Jan 5, 2008 – Shell Oil and the Barbados BLP Government – Together, THIS Is What They Achieved…

BFP – Feb 6, 2007 – Shell 2006 Profits: US$2.9 Million Dollars PER HOUR! – Offers Barbados Farmers Less Than One Hour’s Profits For A Decade Of Pollution And A Deadly Future

BFP – Aug 23, 2006 – Shell Barbados Pipeline Leaks Still Not Cleaned Up

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