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Letter: Lord of Sewage
Published on October 22, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

I was reading about the promotion of Blue Haven Marina (aka Leeward Marina) and the reported “hassle-free berthing in the Turks and Caicos Islands” that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013 with “51 berths for yachts up to 180 feet”.

On a recent inspection of the Blue Haven Marina floating docks in Leeward I noted the presence of a piping system that was designated for pump-out service (human waste) and the thought occurred to me that a 180-foot boat must have numerous toilets throughout the boat and at least a 500-gallon holding tank for human waste, maybe more.

If there were 51 boats 180ft long in Leeward and each had at least a 500-gallon holding tank for human waste, somebody would be trying to figure out where to put 25,500 gallons of raw sewage.

And that’s when it occurred to me; where do you put 25,500 gallons of raw sewage after you pump it out of those 51 boats? This week? Next month? Next year?

I searched high and low in the Leeward area and I was unable to locate a sewage treatment plant anywhere. Does that mean that the raw sewage that is pumped from luxury yachts in Leeward will be transported over our roads and highways to some other location? What other location? Where on Providenciales are there accommodations for treating this volume of human waste?

Has anybody in the TCIG bothered to ask the Leeward operators, presumably Blue Haven Marina, what they plan to do with this massive amount of human waste that will routinely arrive on our shores?

Those same floating docks appear to be equipped with a separate piping system for pumping out bilges. Seawater, oil and diesel fuel are the components of bilge water. That’s why commercial vessels face strict international policies and regulations about discharging bilge water at sea.

What process will the operators of Blue Haven Marina utilize to collect and separate the oil and fuel from seawater so that those components can be properly recycled rather than recklessly discarded back into our “Beautiful by Nature” environment?

The answers to these questions are some of the reasons that progressive and modern governments all over the world require environmental impact assessments before authorizing a monumental development project that requires massive dredging and creates huge volumes of human and industrial waste.

Any TCI fifth grader can see that the owners and operators of Leeward Marina and Blue Haven Marina appear to be enjoying some sort of special relationship with Governor Ric Todd that provides privileges, consideration and secrete approvals by those in government who are charged with protecting the citizens and environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The illegal installation of the above ground Leeward fuel depot that was accomplished in a residential area without the benefit of a proper environmental impact assessment is another glaring example of the special permission afforded to the owners and operators of the Leeward Marina.

When slick Ric and his wrecking crew are through with the TCI, there will be little left of value to salvage.

Our TCI motto should be changed from "Beautiful by Nature" to "Ruined by the British".

Does the Queen have no shame?

Frank Morgan
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