Roseau Valley Parl Rep Responds to Residents’ Geothermal Energy Concerns
The Government of Dominica on Monday December 10th, 2012 signed an EC 18.1 million dollar deal for the construction of 2 full sized geothermal wells in the Roseau Valley for the ongoing geothermal energy project.
At the signing, Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency and Minister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs, Honourable Colin Mc. Intyre, said this is just another big step in the Government’s quest to pursue geothermal energy to reduce energy costs on consumers.
However one month after this deal signing, the residents of Laudat and environs have raised a number of concerns such as toxic gases being released in the environment, water contamination, and land acquisition issues among others, which has placed a dark shadow on the project.
Doctor Mc. Intyre however is assuring the residents that the Government would not put any one’s life at risk if there were any concerns with the project.
Doctor Mc. Intyre stated that in an effort to address the concerns of the people, they have invited a team of experts to Dominica to speak on the issues the residents have raised in regards to the project.
He said these experts were previously scheduled to visit Dominica to assess the project, however their trip has been expedited as the residents have raised serious concerns on the project.
He said when the test wells were drilled there were a number of sensitization programs in the Roseau Valley.
He was always a part of speaking to the villagers about the project and was under the impression that they accepted it.
He highlighted that looking down the road for the future of our children, he wants people to say that the present Government is one that has the people at heart, when the plant some years down the line will be generating cheaper electricity for Dominicans.
Doctor Mc. Intyre pointed out that the public needs to be aware that an impact assessment of the environment was done before this project was started and there were no concerns.
He also added that during the drilling of the test wells, a foreign expert representing Dominica was present at all times to ensure the safety of the project.
He highlighted that a number of Caribbean Islands such as Guadeloupe are on stream to create this renewal energy, since we do not produce the fossil fuels we rely heavily on.
Doctor Mc. Intyre says that many Caribbean countries are looking closely at Dominica’s Geothermal Project, which if successful they will be able to benefit from this energy, while Dominica continues its quest to be the leader in Geothermal Energy in the Caribbean.
He said we should not be left behind while other countries have the geothermal energy, which we have the potential to produce so we can benefit and market it for other countries’ use.