Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2013

Plasterk recognizes negative environmental effects ISLA

Oil Refinery Smoke Over CuracaoWILLEMSTAD,  THE HAGUE – The Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk has acknowledged to the Dutch Parliament that ‘negative environmental impacts’ have occurred on July 7 during the process of starting the refinery. Plasterk said this in one of the parliamentary questions posed by parliamentarian Bram van Ojik.

"The sudden halt, on July 7, of the power plant at the refinery and the subsequent boot process have had negative environmental impacts," replies Plasterk on whether the reports are true that the Isla refinery, for the umpteenth time, have violated environmental norms. He, however, stated that the measurements have not yet been validated.

Ojik also wants to know from Plasterk if he is willing to intervene and to activate the guarantee function, which the Dutch Government has. Plasterk responds by stating that regular meetings are taking place between the Dutch government and Curaçao. "Netherlands and Curaçao share concerns regarding the environmental situation. However, it is the responsibility of Curacao to from policies regarding the refinery,” Plasterk indicated.

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