Guyanese Diaspora Elevate Many Points At EPA/Exxon Scoping Assembly
Dr. Jerry Jailall
Information Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. July 12, 2021: In considered one of his songs, Johnny Nash sang: “There are extra questions than solutions, and the extra I discover out, the much less I do know.” That is so apt to explain the Guyana Environmental Safety Company, EPA’s on-line discussion board held not too long ago, and the Guyana authorities’s proposed Fuel-to-Shore mission.
Practically 80 folks joined the discussion board and peppered the EPA with questions. Nonetheless, all they acquired have been canned, prepackaged, bureaucratic responses, the place phrases have been used however nothing was stated to enlighten the members whose enquiring minds wished to know the finer particulars concerning the gasoline mission.
There have been many distinguished Guyanese in attendance, together with many within the Diaspora, corresponding to Professor Jannette Bulkan, Professor Maya Trotz, the Oil and Fuel Governance Community’s head – Darshanand Khusial, Mike Persaud and yours actually in addition to Dr. Marie Correia, Dr. Raquel Thomas, Dr. David Singh, Simone Mangal-Joly, Roweena, David Modeste, marine biologists and others.
It was heartening to know that so many Guyanese have been involved and cared concerning the influence of this proposed mission. Provided that they are going to all kind a united entrance and lift their voices will our authorities pause and hear fairly than signal one other secret, “Greenback Retailer” cope with Exxon because the APNU/AFC did.
Beneath have been some questions and feedback on the Discussion board:
Can the EPA make the appliance public, please?
Can the gasoline to shore research by the earlier Authorities on location and feasibility be shared with the general public?
The Escazu settlement ratified by Guyana requires extra openness and background documentation now.
Please make clear how this mission plans to keep away from the take-and-pay issues in Ghana.
Will flaring out at sea cease as soon as the gasoline is being diverted to land?
Why is it that within the case of a wellhead blowout, the businesses don’t have anything in place to safeguard or defend this nation?
Why are we permitting “shell” corporations to function right here after they haven’t any belongings and might declare chapter and run within the occasion of a catastrophe? Change the regulation to ban “shell” corporations.
Photos of a gasoline hearth in Mexican waters ought to ship shivers down our spines because it took 5 hours to place the fireplace out. In Guyana, generally our hearth engines present up at fires with no water of their tanks. This gasoline hearth in Mexico ought to trigger us to be ever extra vigilant about this gasoline to shore mission. In a mission with 220 kilometers of pipelines, the danger of catastrophe is nice. Take a look at Exxon’s ongoing, lengthy working downside with the gasoline compressor.
Guyana is just not now monitoring oil manufacturing onsite and has to offer discover if it needs to go to the FPSO. How will there be higher monitoring of this gas-to-shore mission? What’s Guyana’s/EPA’s capability to observe such a mission that will have 220 kilometers of pipelines to observe?
The EPA was sued for giving Exxon a 20-year allow and the courts discovered that to be unlawful. How can we belief the EPA with restricted expertise and insufficient employees to observe one other large mission?
Who’re the technical specialists on the EPA who will probably be evaluating the scope of the mission?
Exxon has not answered the questions raised whether or not they’re carrying full insurance coverage for oil spills, accidents, and so forth. Why the silence? EPA must get a full, full description of the proposed insurance coverage protection.
Why ought to the Guyanese folks belief Exxon with a brand new Fuel to shore mission when it has a poor file on defending the setting and has engaged in extreme flaring, and continues to ask for permission to flare but extra? How can we belief Exxon if it can’t resolve a easy gasoline compressor downside? And the present oil deal appears to put the accountability to pay for oil spills on the folks of Guyana. Earlier than approving the mission, ask Exxon to launch its present insurance coverage protection for oil.
This mission must be mentioned by Parliament and contain the Opposition. The pure assets of Guyana belong to the folks. They aren’t the property of politicians and events. One Authorities blames the opposite for a nasty contract. This new Authorities should method this mission with full openness and transparency. Focus on the mission in Parliament earlier than approval.
Is the EPA now monitoring the stream charges and the contents of the discharged course of water from the FPSO?
There could also be important socioeconomic influence on the fisherfolks. There are already studies that fish inventory has decreased. What methods are in place to compensate these fisherfolks?
Two of the pollution talked about within the presentation are mercury and hydrogen sulphide. Have the opposite emissions (liquid, strong, vapor) anticipated as a byproduct of the gasoline refining and related processes been recognized) and the way would these be addressed with respect to mitigation, and influence to the proximity of those crops?
The inadequacy of the Guyana Environmental Safety Company was on full show because the obvious younger, inexperienced employees couldn’t present solutions to most questions, or dodged questions altogether. The Exxon presenter who was there was shielded from questions that Exxon ought to reply.
We must always not sit idly by and let successive governments screw the nation with dangerous offers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Jerry Jailall is an Training Marketing consultant on the North Carolina State Division of Public Instruction (NCDPI), North Carolina, USA. He has served in schooling for 25+ years on the elementary-, middle-, high-, and college ranges in Guyana, the Bahamas, the USA and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Jailall holds 5 levels and several other certifications in schooling, has written chapters in books and journal articles, and is Co-author of a Corwin Press bestseller, The Principal as Curriculum Chief: Shaping What’s Taught and Examined.