Government appeals injunction against Barbuda Airport

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he is confident that an injunction barring the construction of a new airport on Barbuda will be overturned.

“Our attorneys have actually appealed the injuction,” he revealed on his party radio station on Saturday.

“It is not that an Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) was not done. An EIA was done but the Department of the Environment said there are certain things that have to be done in order to mitigate against any potential damage.

Earlier this month, a High Court Judge ordered that construction work on the airport in Barbuda must immediately cease until further notice.

The applicants are claiming the Department of Environment warned the government of environmental risks, yet the DCA and the ABAA continued with the development.

They cite various breaches of process, loss of archeological and prehistoric sites; hydrogeological issues and construction on designated agriculture space.

But Prime Minister Gaston Browne dismissed some of the claims of the injunction as spurious.

He said it is “not true” that a significant amount of fauna was removed during the runway construction.

“I have no doubt that ultimately it will be lifted and that the airport will proceed and that it will be completed.”

“Stopping the project could never be a good decision,” he added.

The judge also granted leave for the applicants to seek judicial review of the government’s decision to construct the airport.

The matter has been set for hearing in September.

Barbuda Airport during construction

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Bugsy • 10 hours ago
    Tenman:
    Where does that Radio Station the PM is always on gets its financing?I have never listened to it and would not.There is a taxpayers funded Radio Station(ABS)in Antigua and Barbuda.It is owned by the people of the Nation. So why the Prime Minister as the leader of the country do not use that Station and engage the people.Perhaps if you Gaston Browne went to the people of Barbuda and used honey instead of vinegar things would be different.This is what could happen when you think you could do what the heck you felt like.Because I am the law.The law is me.And I am above it.
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    From The Sideline Bugsy 4 hours ago
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    If he would used that ABS station as you suggest, he would be accused of utilizing state resources for his own political agenda. And I remember when the UPP used to do it. And it was wrong. So going on a private radio station is the safest way not to be accused. And I remember he also used to come on Observer Radio. But their agenda was always to twist whatever it is he was saying. But you do get on ABS radio and tv every week a report from the chief of staff and the information minister on what the cabinet has been discussing that is not bound be confidentiality. Something we had not seen before in this country. Great transparency in government.

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