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Over 550 signatures compiled against Oban deal

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis shakes hands with then Non-Executive Chairman of Oban Energies Peter Krieger after the singing of a Heads of Agreement. FILE

Petitions with signatures numbering above 550 have been passed around with the hopes of getting the government to pull the plug on the $5.5 billion Oban Energies oil storage and refinery facility proposed for Grand Bahama.

One group, which delivered almost 200 signatures to the offices of The Nassau Guardian, said they are not satisfied with the conditions under which the heads of agreement (HOA) was signed and the deal is being done.

“Due to the suspicious conditions of this heads of agreement with Oban Energies LLC, we the Bahamian people, your employers, are instructing you to cease and desist from any and all arrangements with the Oban Energies organization immediately,” the petition states.

“We call for this action, based on sufficient irregularities within the heads of agreement signing. We are satisfied that there is more than enough grounds to have this HOA with Oban Energies nullified without consequence to our nation.”

Another group utilized change.org to create a petition titled, “Stop the Oban Energies oil refinery project. It will destroy the beautiful Bahamas”.

The change.org document has been signed by 373 people and posits that oil companies on Grand Bahama have tainted the island’s environment already, and suggests another similar facility is risking the same.

“Why didn’t Oban Energies seek to place their refinery in their home state? The only answer I came up with is the Clean Air Act. The Bahamas does not have any laws protecting against air pollution and we don’t enforce pollution within our waters or on land. Oil refineries pollute our air, water, and land.”

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) released a statement yesterday in regards to the Oban project. The BNT explained that given the project’s proposed location close to three of the area’s national parks, it “cannot envisage any scenario where BNT could support this project”.

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