Representatives of two organisations who lobbied bitterly
against Alcoas proposed aluminium smelter at Cap de
Ville/Chatham, yesterday hit out at Governments plan
to accelerate development of a new industrial estate offshore
Otaheite Bank, from which aluminium production can be pursued,
together with other industrial plants.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Patrick Manning
on Sunday night in his Christmas and year-end review statements.
In light of that announcement, Government can expect massive
protest from people living between Mosquito Creek to Aripero
Village, who warned that they would give no support to Mannings
Government will however continue with the Alutrint plant at
La Brea, which could form the basis for further aluminium
production facilities in the country.
In a telephone interview, secretary of Fishermen and Friends
of the Sea, Gary Aboud said while anti smelter activists and
supporters are claiming this stand down as a major victory
for the community, it will not change the environmental impacts
and health concerns that were highlighted by environmentalists
problems would not go away. We are just shifting the problem
from one area to another, Aboud said.
Aboud also complained that the relocation would wipe out all
fish life in the Gulf of Paria.
As it stands, Aboud said, the fish industry was struggling
to keep its head above water due to Government lack of support
Pointing out that the Gulf of Paria was prone to flooding,
Aboud said that the Government would also have to spend million
of dollars in pile driving to develop the area, which does
not have firm soil.
Also of concern to Aboud are the disposal of spent potliners
and the price at which gas will be sold when the smelter plant
comes on stream, as well as the amount of water to be consumed.
of the country continue to remain in the dark with regards
to these issues. The Government is not coming clean. We need
answers, he said.
Chairman of Yes TT and the Keith Noel 136 Committee, Stephen
Cadiz, described the news as utter madness, stating that his
organisation and thousands of other people are not in support
of smelters in T&T.
think Manning bounced his head by making this move. We have
only shifted the issue to another area, which is even more
populated, Cadiz said, adding that nothing would surprise
dont know what Manning was thinking when he came up
with this idea. It makes no sense at all, he said.