May 23, 2012
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ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett yesterday said the government is committed to finding a “private sector solution” for the management of the New Providence landfill as the government continues to oversee the facility in the interim.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday that his ministry is not considering any applications for aragonite mining in Andros at this time.
A LEADING environmentalist has praised Kenred Dorsett after his ministry’s announcement this week of the launch a Youth Environmental Corps training up to 1,200 young people for jobs in the blue and green economies in the Bahamas.
ENVIRONMENT & Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett criticized a Tribune report yesterday, emphasising that the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation has been conducting audits required by law.
Adrian Gibson continues his analysis of the performance of members of the Cabinet - complete with their grades - below and on the following two pages.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett yesterday advanced a compendium of bills in the House of Assembly to modernise oil exploration in the country.
THE government is considering hosting a town meeting for Marathon residents to address “unnecessary fears” over the underground gasoline leak at a nearby service station, Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett revealed yesterday.
THE government is still unsure about the actual cause of the latest oil spill to occur in the Clifton Pier area last weekend, according to Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett.
ENVIRONMENT and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett declined yesterday to answer questions about controversial dredging and construction in Bimini.
ENVIRONMENT and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett dismissed concerns yesterday about possible dredging at Buress Cay, Grand Bahama.
THE draft bills for oil drilling legislation are complete and have been sent to Cabinet, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said.
THE Christie administration’s push to bring changes to the Derelict Motor Vehicles Disposal Bill will see harsher fines and penalties enforced on law breakers.
THE FNM yesterday criticised the government for claims that the previous Ingraham administration had illegally constructed low-cost homes between 2010 and 2012.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett assured workers from the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) who demonstrated in Rawson Square on Tuesday that the issue of their outstanding overtime pay is being addressed by the Ministry of Finance.
AFTER repeated delays, the government’s housing scheme is still on track to break ground this month, Minister of Housing Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.
THE Department of Environmental Health has released an island wide schedule to make homeowners aware of exactly when their garbage should be collected.
THE Department of Environmental Health Services expects to save Bahamians about $500,000 a year while creating a more efficient garbage collection system, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.
AN angry woman yesterday lashed out at officials who toured several shanty towns in New Providence where demolition has taken place.
BAHAMIANS will still get the opportunity to vote on whether or not the country will allow commercial oil drilling, according to Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett, who criticised the opposition for misleading the public yesterday.
THE government’s plans to reform the energy sector may allow for an “energy credit programme” to be introduced, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.
THERE will be no exploratory drilling commercial quantities of oil in Bahamian waters this year, Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett confirmed yesterday.
HOUSING Minister Kenred Dorsett says officials have been ordered to prosecute land owners who have yet to ensure shanty town residents have complied with regulations.
The Government will “not be relinquishing control” of the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill, a Cabinet Minister has confirmed, although private sector involvement in waste-to-energy is going to be allowed.
The late Nancy Oakes’ estate has submitted to the Government a proposal to develop a solar power plant on the hundreds of acres it owns in southwestern New Providence, Tribune Business can reveal.
LARGE bins will be placed around New Providence in the wake of this week’s flooding for residents to dump damaged items or large items such as furniture, mattresses and drywall.
“Overzealous” officials have prematurely released a bid document for Family Island alternative energy projects, which reveals the Government aims to generate almost 30 per cent of their power needs from renewables by 2015.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett said his ministry is still involved in “a bit of back and forth” with the Attorney General’s Office after receiving the first draft of oil drilling legislation and sending it back “with comments”.
MINISTER of the Environment Kendred Dorsett yesterday said the government has no intention on relocating the city dump – despite the fire hazard it has become over the past decade.
DRAFT legislation containing the necessary regulatory framework for oil exploration in the Bahamas could be before Cabinet with in the next 30 days, the Minister for the Environment said yesterday.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett yesterday blamed the slow pace of trash collection throughout New Providence on a small fleet of garbage trucks.
A TEAM from Cuba will be arriving in the coming weeks to meet with local officials regarding “environmental matters of mutual concern” over oil drilling, Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.
THE BAHAMIAN Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday said many smaller operators were anxiously awaiting a revival of the Government’s housing programme, telling Tribune Business this group makes up 70-80 per cent of construction teams in the country .
IN A shock move, the Christie administration has broken its promises on oil drilling in Bahamian waters, announcing yesterday that it will allow exploration wells to be sunk ahead of a referendum.
THE Government will allow exploratory drilling to determine whether there are commercial quantities of oil in the Bahamas prior to any referendum, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday.
MINISTER of the Environment Ken Dorsett underscored the importance of research, conservation and environmental stewardship as he opened the Bahamas National Natural History Conference at the College of the Bahamas yesterday.
REDUCING the high cost of doing business and managing household expenses is a priority of the government, Minister for the Environment and Housing Kendred Dorsett said.
RENEWABLE energy could help drive Bahamian electricity prices down to 10-15 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to their current 40 cents level, the Minister of the Environment said yesterday.
THE recent fire of a small Haitian-Bahamian community has resulted in a government clamp down on shanty town building codes throughout the country, according to Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett.
THE government plans to strengthen inspection efforts to low cost homes in an effort to cut back on the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on repairing faulty construction, Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.
The Government will not permit the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) to drill an exploratory oil well prior to a referendum, a Cabinet Minister telling Tribune Business he was aiming “to advance” a regulatory regime for the industry by the 2013 first quarter.
BAHAMIANS will be able to access $1 million in grant funding under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants vehicle, the Minister of the Environment and Housing said yesterday, adding that the programme had committed to providing this locally through 2014.
The Government yesterday said it had “refused” to provide the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) with documentation confirming it was in full compliance with its licence terms and conditions, saying there were “outstanding” environmental issues that needed to be addressed.
The Government is mulling whether to hire private inspection firms to assess construction work on its housing programme, the minister responsible telling Tribune Business it was moving to “really strengthen quality assurance” and controls.
MINISTER of Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett said yesterday that the government will ‘aggressively’ pursue a waste-to-energy solution in the short term to manage the New Providence landfill on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway and produce electricity at a lower cost.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett said the government is looking at proposals seeking to save BEC $100 million annually.
A Cabinet minister has pledged to deliver “better value for money” from the Government’s housing programme, and acknowledged that “it cannot all” be financed through the cash-strapped Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC).
Fun day event helps people to 'fight the bite' THE Ministry of Housing and Environment hosted a "fight the bite" children's fun day this past weekend at the Department of Environmental Health Services Complex on Farrington Road. This event was held in an
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett said a major cause of the trash collection delays across New Providence is the fact that only 12 of the 22 government garbage trucks are operational - but another senior official is not so sure.
IN KEEPING with Prime Minister Perry Christie's announcement to put oil drilling to a national referendum, Minister of Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett said the Bahamian people will decide if the country moves forward with oil and gas exploration.