Greenrock Commend Clean Air Coalition

October 21, 2020

Eugene Dean Bermuda October 2020Greenrock would like to congratulate the local residents and business leaders who have formed the Bermuda Clean Air Coalition [BCAC], an activist group, aimed at raising awareness about the grave implications caused by BELCO’s stacks and machinery,” Greenrock Chairman Eugene Dean said.

Mr Dean said, “For years area residents have experienced challenges with pollution, water quality, health, property damage etc, and have repeatedly made efforts to express their concerns.

“The formation of the BCAC represents the coming together of those residents, and the small interests groups they have formed, in an effort to consolidate their leadership and strengthen their representation.

“Unity is strength and the example being set by the BCAC is something that needs to be replicated islandwide. To progress as a country, our communities need to rally together, join forces and strengthen the representation of our collective interests in order to bring about positive change.

“Short of taking tangible steps toward forging real unity, we, the populous, will continue to suffer the consequences associated with others putting their private or personal interests before ours.

“Fortunately for the BCAC, the collective discontent has unearthed a strong leadership team of fearless, passionate, unrelenting representatives who are capable of going toe to toe with the smartest, most intelligent and seasoned personalities around.

“Coalition members Alisa Lockwood, Blane Wilson, Annette Cook, Danielle Riviere, Nishanthi Bailey and spokesperson Denise Riviere, are honourable, reliable, have a wealth of experience, excellent communication skills, and will keep doubling down on their efforts until they find resolve.

“With that said, this will not be an easy ride for anyone if the BCAC finds resistance. Therefore, our advice to BELCO and the relevant government departments, is to humbly submit to the process, be honest in their dealings with the BCAC, understand the sentiments expressed by concerned residents, and genuinely work with them to find the best possible solutions for all involved.

“Finding real solutions for situations of this nature can be extremely challenging because of Bermuda’s size. Many countries have remote areas to develop industrial initiatives, however our electricity generation exists in the midst of a densely populated area, with residents, businesses, schools, churches, sporting facilities, and more. It goes without saying that we are all appreciative of the stable electrical infrastructure BELCO has developed over the years and the consistent service that we depend on daily to function and thrive.

“We are also well aware of the fact that our electricity generation comes from fossil fuels, which have always been polluting. So to address the concerns of area residents, do we move the plant? If so, where? Do we relocate residents and businesses? If so, where do we move them and who absorbs the cost? Neither of those options appears to be plausible, which is why we have always advocated for renewable energy.

“Rather than treating symptoms, we need to address the issue at its root by investing in technologies that are far less polluting and use renewable resources for fuel. After months of advocacy work and community engagement, the Regulatory Authority produced an integrated resource plan which sets clear targets for our transition to renewable energy. Although the government has endorsed it and the community loves it, after two years, we are no closer to kicking our energy transition into gear.

“With that said we’ll leave you with the following questions to consider. Is BELCO the problem? Is our government at fault? Or are we, the people of Bermuda, responsible for allowing these issues to continue while tangible solutions are at hand? When making transitions leadership and strong representation is essential, and if it doesn’t come from our government or the private sector, then maybe, just maybe, it needs to come from us.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    This sounds good, I just hope is based on science and not emotion.

    I know some of the leadership and they can be emotionally driven.

    • Not happening says:

      This is a joke! No way they going to accept responsibility as tat is highly litigious forever! Not going to happen. Just suck it up as you knew a power plant was in your backyard and you bought or built there anyway!

  2. George says:

    This is a political statement with a small ‘p’ and unfortunately made in the name of what used to be a non-political progressive organization i.e. Greenrock. It makes multiple assumptions about what has been done (and continues to be done) to regulate the emissions from BELCo. They are a regulated entity both financially and environmentally and are required to meet those Government enforced regulations in order to operate. Those regulations may not be adequate in 2020 and may well need updating but implying the Government and BELCo themselves have ulterior motives when it comes to enforcement/adherence to those regulations is counter productive if one is genuinely interested in improving the current situation for all those who are directly affected. Greenrock you can do better!

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Those regulations may not be adequate in 2020 and may well need updating but implying the Government and BELCo themselves have ulterior motives when it comes to enforcement/adherence to those regulations is counter productive”

      And probably true.

    • sandgrownan says:

      They have to be the most misinformed “pressure”" group known to man. Do they know why the North stack produces more soot? Do they know the composition of the soot? Do they understand what’s going to happen during decommissioning?