Consultant to be recruited for Needs Assessment on EPA

first_img– as Govt seeks to determine agency’s preparedness for oil & gasBy Jarryl BryanThe Department of Energy (DE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have both got enormous roles to play as regulators in Guyana’s Oil and Gas sector. One plan on the agenda is to have a consultant brought in to verify how prepared the EPA really is for this task.This was explained by head of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, during his first press conference with the media recently. According to Bynoe, the DE is in the process of recruiting such a consultant.“We understand that, for the department to be strong, its sister agencies must alsoExecutive Director of the EPA, Dr Vincent Adamsbe supportive. In this vein, through consultations with the Environmental Protection Agency, the department is also recruiting a consultant to conduct a needs assessment of the EPA, and its preparedness for regulating the sector from an environmental perspective.”“Once this needs assessment is completed, we will be better able to provide the necessary support to build the capacity of the EPA,” Bynoe related, adding that his department will have a heavy focus on taking a “minimalist approach” to resource management.According to Bynoe, the EPA will not be the only agency his department will work closely with. He said collaborative efforts will be made with mandated agencies like the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG), and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). Even as preparations for first oil are being made, Bynoe stressed that changes would not happen overnight.“Every mile starts with one step. We’re not going to get there tomorrow; we will not get there next week. But we are certain that with the right people, right focus and right emphasis, we will get there,” Bynoe said.Last month, energy expert and scientist Dr. Vincent Adams was appointedDepartment of Energy Head, Dr Mark BynoeExecutive Director of the EPA. His appointment came at a time when questions were being raised about the agency’s abilities to regulate oil companies in Guyana from an environmental standpoint.When Exxon Mobil’s subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd’s (EEPGL’s) submitted its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its Liza Phase 2 development, an outside consultant was brought in to assist the EPA in reviewing it.A contract to the tune of $40.3 million was awarded to international firm Ramboll US Corporation in order to undertake the review, though the costs were reportedly borne by the oil company.Threat of oil spillsThe EPA did a study of its own, and found that while an oil spill in the Stabroek block was possible, factors such as the location of EEPGL operations combined with the region’s water temperature would minimise the effects.Auditor General Deodat Sharma had previously announced that the Audit Office would be carrying out a number of audits to analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals.“As you know, North West (Region One) has the four turtle species. We have to preserve those, because we don’t want to have an oil spill; and it could beIt is important that the ecosystem and its creatures are catered fordangerous. I remember, several years ago, there was the cyanide overspill. It had an effect on the environment in the interior,” Sharma had said.This is a reference to the cyanide spill in Guyana in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Guyana does have a draft Oil Spill Contingency Plan, for which consultations were held earlier this year. Besides the obvious need to protect the environment and the livelihoods of persons residing on the coast, there are various international conventions that stipulate countries have a plan for any oil spill.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. EEPGL is the operator and hold a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

Who are the best Premier League players outside the top six?

first_img predicted King of the assist. He created as many goals as Mesut Ozil last season.The German’s creative brain and sensational right foot largely helped keep Brighton in the Premier League and had everyone wondering: why did no one else spot this guy? gameday The Iceland international has already proved he can make it at the top. He was always superb for Tottenham but unfortunately for him, they have Christian Eriksen.Sigurdsson should thrive under the style of Marco Silva next season because he certainly has the quality to justify his £45m price tag. Another man who would fit into any top-six side.Arnautovic can make things happen on his own, as he was often forced to at West Ham last season.What’s more, he does it against the big teams. The Austrian’s first Hammers goal was a brilliant winner against Chelsea.No wonder Manchester United are interested. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Preferred to Red Devils regulars Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for the Three Lions, England’s national treasure would stroll into Jose Mourinho’s defence.His meteoric rise will surely carry him to a top-six club eventually and the 25-year-old’s composure on the ball is something United lack. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) highlights 9 9 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 9 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) 9 Pascal Gross (Brighton) NEW ERA 9 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? If someone told you there was a £50m player at Watford, your thoughts would probably turn to this man rather than Richarlison.The central midfielder is as comfortable leading a counter attack from deep as he is scrapping to regain possession. He can do it all. 9 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Neves playing in the Championship last season will forever be one of football’s great mysteries.Porto’s youngest ever captain has a habit of scoring screamers and he could play in central midfield for most teams. In fact, he’s already done it in the Champions League. This transfer window is utterly bonkers.Is Watford winger Richarlison a £50m player? No, of course not. Ruben Neves (Wolves) Now, here’s a player who lives up to his price tag.Crystal Palace value the winger at £70m and it’s easy to see why.Zaha is statistically among Lionel Messi, Neymar and Eden Hazard as one of Europe’s elite dribblers.Managers make entire game-plans around how to stop the flying Ivorian. Imagine if he was surrounded by players of his quality… How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) who plays? The best centre-forward outside the top six? Almost certainly.Vardy scored more goals than Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Firmino, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata last season. ALTERED 9 9 smart causal Everton are close to signing Richarlison for a huge fee Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) 9 possible xi Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more However, there are some players outside the top six who would be slightly more worthy of a big-money move.talkSPORT takes a look at the best Premier League players who do not play for Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more

€10 MILLION OF DAMAGE CAUSED TO DONEGAL PROPERTY FROM GORSE FIRES

first_imgMORE than €10 million of damage has been caused in Donegal’s horrific gorse fires in recent days.Farms and crops have been wiped out as well as substantial damage to infrastructure across the county including Ardara, Dungloe, Fanad, Buncrana, Ballyshannon and Falcarragh.With more than 100 firefighters working around the clock, there are also genuine fears that many will be left with hefty bills from Donegal County Council for the clean-up. Newly re-elected Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has now called on the government to provide a substantial compensation package for those badly damaged by the gorse fires in west Donegal.Gortahork-based Senator O’Domhnaill revealed he was part of the army of volunteers who tackled the gorse fire infernos.“The fires that raged through parts of Dungloe, Ardara, Glenties and the Muckish mountains have caused millions of euro worth of damage to land, infrastructure and livestock,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“Over the past 48 hours I have been out assisting in the rescue effort and have seen first-hand the extent of the devastation, with thousands of acres of farmland destroyed. “Entire farms have been wiped out, crops and newly cut turf have been ruined, animals have been injured, and important fencing and other pieces of infrastructure have been severely damaged. All of this has had a serious impact on the livelihoods of many local people.“Thanks to the enormous efforts of the fire service, the defence forces and local volunteers, the fires have largely been brought under control.“The joint effort has been remarkable and I wish to pay tribute to the hundreds of people involved. But the attention has now turned to the impact of this disaster on the local economy.“I believe every support must be given to the communities affected so that they can regain what they have lost over the past number of days.“I am calling on the Environment Minister Phil Hogan and the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to come to Donegal to see for themselves the extent of the damage caused. Hopefully they will then realise that the farmers and landowners who have lost so much must be provided with compensation from the State. “There is no time to delay on this issue. Without State support it will be extremely difficult for the communities affected to recover,” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.ENDS€10 MILLION OF DAMAGE CAUSED TO DONEGAL PROPERTY FROM GORSE FIRES was last modified: May 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more