Dutch MP to Curaçao to delve more into oil refinery file
WILLEMSTAD - Dutch MP for the GroenLinks party, Liesbeth van Tongeren will make use of her participation in the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation Kingdom (IPKO), which will be held next week in St. Maarten, to delve into environmental issues around the oil refinery Isla in Curaçao.
With the permission of her colleagues in the Dutch delegation, she will not take part at the "Caribbean Netherlands-summit 'on Saba on January 9, but will be traveling straight to Willemstad after the IPKO to meet with the members of the Clean Environment Foundation (SMOC) and, if possible, to take a look inside the gates of the refinery.
Van Tongeren wants to catch up on all the information needed to be well prepared for the Parliamentary Committee for Kingdom Relations’ debate in late January with the Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk.
Van Tongeren, co-author of the book "Sketches of a new economy, realizes that it is too much to ask at this time to close the refinery. The refinery, but also oil transshipment terminals on Bonaire and St. Eustatius supply a significant part of the local economies with the corresponding jobs.
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