Criticism MPs on draft legislation oil extraction
WILLEMSTAD - The Central Committee of Parliament debated this week on the draft petroleum ordinance. There were critical voices from both the coalition and the opposition. The concept that is now on the table is not ready for treatment in parliament, they said.
According to the Independent Member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang, the draft should take into account the three P’s, People, Profit and Planet. Profit should go hand in hand with people and planet. “There must be a vision, but there is no vision,” said the independent MP during her dissertation. She made a comparison with the Shell. The Advisory Board indicated in their findings that the state company charged with the implementation of the law was given a great scope for negotiation and investigation of petroleum extraction. This was also the case with the Royal Dutch Shell, said Omayra.
According to the coalition MP and member of the ruling party Pueblo Soberano (PS), Elmer 'Kadè' Wilsoe, the law is too important to be presented in this form.
“We must first discuss this legislation in our own circles, before taking it to the Central Committee or to a public debate in parliament.”
According to the PS MP, the bill is not in favor of the population. “It is non-transparent and it definitely ignores the environment.”
According to the opposition party MFK, this law cannot be tolerated. Under the Schotte-cabinet there was also a bill presented to drill for oil in the maritime area of Curaçao.
According to the MFK leader and former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte the current bill shows defects. “The current government has rejected the proposal of the former government to appoint an Energy Council. Instead the Minister in charge must reach an agreement with the Council of Ministers and the Standing Committee of Energy in Parliament within a certain time frame,” said Schotte.
Leader of the coalition party PAIS, Alex Rosaria pointed out that there is no standing committee on Energy in parliament and that the powers of the Energy Council proposed by Schotte’s cabinet were very limited.