More than 100 persons recently participated in an oil spill demonstration exercise facilitated by ExxonMobil Guyana at Waini Point, Shell Beach Protected Area in Region One (Barima-Waini). These representatives were from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), coastal village councils and other key agencies.“Because we want to ensure that yours and other communities remain beautiful and untouched, ExxonMobil Guyana is committed to safe and environmentally responsible operations. This commitment is highlighted in our Corporate Environment Policy; Protect Tomorrow, Today,” Country Manager Rod Henson indicated in his address to those gathered on the Beach last Friday.According to him, it is the company’s fundamental goal everywhere it operates to ensure that there are no environmental incidents.“Not only do we comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, but we seek to go beyond these where practical and apply international standards where laws and regulations do not exist. Already, we have partnered with key agencies over the years and even here in Region One to ensure that the natural beauty of coastal communities and life beyond the shores remain intact.”Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley has said that the Administration is pleased that coastal communities are now better able to protect themselves from an oil spill, should one occur.“This exercise while it may seem very simple, it is very important and significant to the development of this newfound wealth in our country in which, as a people at the local level, [we] will be empowered to know what needs to be done if there should be an oil spill,” he explained.Similarly, Captain Salim October of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) stated that while existing concerns of citizens cannot be ignored, this is an important part of the country’s overall preparedness to respond to a potential oil spill.“Engaging in this exercise no doubt is considered proactive and to some extent, it is considered preventative,” he expressed.The demonstration exercise was done with support from the Civil Defence Commission, the Regional Democratic Council, Protected Areas Commission (PAC), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).Friday’s event is one in a series of drills and workshops planned by ExxonMobil Guyana in coastal communities across the country.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be begin later this week in Edmonton, for convicted murderer Joseph Laboucan. Lawyers for the Fort St. John man successfully had the proceedings moved from Fort Saskatchewan to the Alberta capital last week but, Laboucan is not expected to appear at Thursday’s hearing. He’s now charged with second-degree murder, in connection with the 2005 death, of 33 year-old Ellie May Meyer, whose body was discovered in a Strathcona County farm field, in Alberta, on May 6th, of 2005. The now 23 year old Laboucan was also among a group of people convicted, in the 2005 rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl, at an Edmonton area golf course. – Advertisement -He’s currently serving a life sentence in the federal prison in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan but, his lawyers are appealing that conviction. Meyer’s body was just one of many discovered in the vast rural expanses of Strathcona County in recent years and, Laboucan was arrested and charged, as a result of investigations carried out by Project Kare. The joint police task force was formed in 2003, to investigate the deaths of several so-called, “High Risk Missing Persons,” in and around the Edmonton area.Advertisement