Tuesday, February 12, 2008

PM Skeritt Places on Hold Plans for the Building of an Oil Refinery

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt has announced that he is placing on hold plans to build an oil refinery in Dominica.

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela pledged to build the oil refinery in Dominica during a visit to that country in February, 2006.

There has however been mounting pressure from environmental groups, the opposition parties, the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association, and a wide segment of the Dominican population who were opposed to the building of the oil refinery.

Many maintained that such a facility would be at odds with Dominica’s image as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean.

In responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement, Opposition Leader Earl Williams said that this was simply a ploy by the Skeritt government to take off the pressure that has building in opposition to the oil refinery.

He expressed concerns that government will revisit the issue when the pressure has died down.


At February 12, 2008 6:37 PM , Blogger thedominican said...

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At February 12, 2008 11:09 PM , Anonymous Jason said...

The PM would be mad to let Chavez tell us what we need in DA.

At February 18, 2008 10:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the PM is seeing the explosion in Texas. Any such explosion in Dominica and it is bye bye island!

At February 22, 2008 9:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just not this year, but over the years. Why are Dominicans scared of development. Why do we, decades after decade have opposed any major development of Dominica for fear of not being called Nature Island.
Have you noticed that most of the ones that want Dominica toremain so are in the most industrialized places.

If we want this country to move forward we need development now, now, now and not tomorrow.


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