Oil refinery, Aruba. Image: David Stanley
Oil and gas
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Bahamas government approves oil refinery construction

Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis, recently announced that the government has approved a proposal for construction of an oil refinery and storage facility in Grand Bahama. The Prime Minister said: “I am advised that Oban Energies Management team has been involved in large energy infrastructure projects around …

Energy

Event: Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2018

The 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference concluded yesterday (January 24) in Port of Spain. A leading Shell executive said that too much energy is wasted in T&T, and more consideration needs to be given to energy efficiency and use of renewable sources. In his feature address, Trinidad and Tobago …

Oil rig. Image credit: Marianne Muegenburg Cothern
Oil and gas
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Oil, the environment, and the Caribbean

A thought-provoking article from David Jessop about the environmental risks of petroleum exploration and extraction in the Caribbean: For some time now, small but very active national environmental organisations with popular support have been arguing that the region’s fragile eco-system, its bio-diversity, as well as its dependence on tourism, do …

Laughing Bird Caye, Belize. Image credit: Chuck Taylor
Oceans
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Belize moves to impose a moratorium on oil exploration and extraction in its territorial waters

In December 2017, the Parliament of Belize passed legislation that  will effectively ban oil exploration and extraction in Belize’s maritime waters: Belize, home of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, permanently suspended oil activity in its ocean waters. The legislation marks the first time that a developing country …