Published On: Mon, Jul 6th, 2015

Dutch Parliament: “Curaçao cannot solve refinery pollution on its own”

Oil refineryTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Parliament has been virtually unanimous about the fact that the Curaçao authorities cannot solve the problems with the Isla refinery on their own. Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior and Kingdom Relations promises that he will help wherever he can, but that the initiative should really come from Curaçao.

The oil refinery was again topic of discussion the House of Representatives in the Netherlands. VVD MP Andre Bosman indicated in his dissertation that the government of Curaçao is responsible for solving the problems with the refinery. “It feels like we are actually partly to blame for the fact that nothing happens, because we always give the impression that we will eventually help,” said Bosman.

Other MPs did indicate that they see an explicit role for the government of the Netherlands in this issue. D66 MP Wassila Hachchi asked the Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk about the agreements he made during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Ivar Asjes. The MP further proposed to establish a relationship between the measurments of the air quality in the areas were the Dutch militaries live and the investigation into the green substance found in areas under the refinery’s smoke. “What are the implications for people living in Marchena if it appears that it is unacceptable for people to live under the refinery’s smoke. If it’s unhealthy for the militaries, it would also be unhealthy for other people,” said Hachchi.

MP for the Socialist party, Ronald van Raak mentioned the possibility of a dialogue, but also with the governments of Venezuela and the United States. "I have often criticized the Curaçao government, but they can simply not solve this problem on their own. Curacao got this on its plate due to indecent act by Shell and the Dutch government. The key question is who is going to cleanup the ground and the is, but also who is going to pay for it,” said Van Raak.

Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party (PvdA) said that he sees no need for Venezuela and the United States to be involved, and that the Netherlands cannot take over the responsibility of the government of Curaçao.


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