Minister Addresses Concerns of Roseau Valley Residents
The Energy Minister is saying that the residents of Roseau Valley should be concerned about the geothermal project which has caused controversy in the past weeks.
At a press conference on Wednesday January 9th, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore, said the residents have every right to want to protect their lands, rights and health.
On the other hand, he says the Government of Dominica is taking all precautionary measures to obtain geothermal energy in the most environmentally friendly way.
The Minister says the Government of Dominica sourced the best experts who have experience with geothermal energy when they did the testing phase of the project.
Further to that, the Geothermal Resource Group from the U.S was contracted to do the actual supervision of the process.
He says there will be no situation where the Government of Dominica will just take people’s lands.
Moving forward, if there is a situation where persons need to be moved, it will be done in the most democratic and civilized manner.
In a few weeks experts will come again to Dominica, to further assess the next phase of the project. Mr. Blackmoore says the villagers are welcomed to these meeting and will be able to see first-hand for themselves that they will be in safe hands.
He says there is potential to generate up to 120 megawatts of geothermal energy from the tests that were conducted in the area.
The Minister wants Dominica to be leading the region in geothermal energy