Lighthouse Point Environment Assessment Not Yet Done - But Will Be Made Public

The view at Lighthouse Point. Photo: Barefoot Marketing

The view at Lighthouse Point. Photo: Barefoot Marketing

By Morgan Adderley

Tribune Staff Reporter


WHILE the final Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Disney Cruise Line’s proposed Lighthouse Point project has yet to be completed, Minister of Environment Romi Ferreira on Friday vowed that this information will be made public as soon as it is received by the government.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of key presentation ceremony in Abaco, Mr Ferreira also said he’s "looked at” the EIA for the Oban Energies deal, although he declined to give further details on the matter.

The Disney deal in South Eleuthera has long been controversial, with activists raising concerns last month about the adequacy of the proposed EIA.

Earlier this month, The Tribune reported that in a collaborative letter to Walt Disney’s top senior sustainability officer, environmentalists noted the recently released Heads of Agreement for Lighthouse Point describes a project “far larger than anticipated”.

When asked to respond to this, Mr Ferreira told reporters: "An (EIA) is a planning tool and the purpose of that tool is to take any development and do like a cost/benefit analysis.”

He added this is an example of analysing the "greatest benefit for the greatest number of people”.

"That’s the whole purpose of an (EIA) tool,” he continued. "So that tool will be applied and is applied to all developers in a country and the Disney development in South Eleuthera will be no exception.

"I have not received the final (EIA) for it but as we get the info we will make it public on the government’s website and we encourage all Bahamians (to) keep abreast of what’s going on so you can weigh the pros and cons for yourself so you can come to an informed opinion.”

Mr Ferreira was also asked whether he was confident due diligence is being undertaken in the matter.

Underscoring that the EIA has yet to be completed, Mr Ferreira noted the way EIAs are completed is not a mystery.

"So the protocol as to what’s involved in an (EIA), that’s kind of like known science, well established. That’s not going to change.

"What changes or what happens is that there is a degree of specificity for a particular project and even that- I mean this is really nothing new, the construction of a pier and the installation of amenities…there’s no new ground breaking there at all, they’re all well-established industrial activities with well-known impacts and well known mitigating measures.”

Mr Ferreira was also asked to address the delay with releasing the Oban Energies EIA.

To this, Mr Ferreira noted Labour Minister Dion Foulkes is chairman of that particular committee.

“I’m sure that at the appropriate time, everything will be made public,” he added.

Mr Ferreira also said he’s seen and looked at the EIA but declined to give any comment on the matter.


TalRussell 1 year, 1 month ago

Is yes and yeah the same thing that forgiving the colour hot pink that Colony of Out Islands environment and housing minister Romi, does appears dresses he self, far too much likes another comrade 'minister'.................... Louis Farrakhan..... has asks, does "hot pink' Romni also speaks with defined distinction..... You just couldn't make this ministerial types character up - even if you tried your damnedest best, yes, no?


Clamshell 1 year, 1 month ago

Is yes, no, maybe that Minister of Cribulation for green shirts of vast Out Islands of queen colony faithful crab stew fripulations ga come unglueified with vexification for “frown shirts” of conch fritter stewpots ............. when James A. Garfield ghost done spoke serious of dese matters, yes, no?


sheeprunner12 1 year, 1 month ago

Who is doing the EIA on Lighthouse Point???? ............. Is it a local and/or foreign company??? ......... Who will pay for the EIA????????? ................Given the opposition of OEF/BNT leadership, it will be interesting to hear their responses .......... That will reveal a lot about the EIA intent, outcome, & details to be revealed by the politicians.


hrysippus 1 year, 1 month ago

I understand that the purchaser pays for this.


sheeprunner12 1 year, 1 month ago

And so .......... does Disney get to select the company doing the EIA???? ....... or "suggest" to the Government its preferred company from a short list????

Just wondering ...................


TalRussell 1 year, 1 month ago

'Cui bono'............why even the Devil will cry before the Imperialists red shirts guard be forced come face-to-face the comrades populace to answer for their actions no later than May 2022, yes, yes.... Mandate meter all 35 Imperialists red shirts elected People's Honourable House's time will have expired, no more tolerance ducking from populace, no more tolerance lies told populace, yes, no?


Economist 1 year, 1 month ago

My understanding is that the Government, through the BEST Commission, picks who will do the EIA and the Purchaser has to pay the bill.


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