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Construction of American-owned chemical storage facility suspended pending approval; residents boycott meeting called to quell fears

Residents, fearful of pollution from an oil production-related chemical storage plant expected to be built in suburban Georgetown, boycotted a community meeting the United States-headquartered company called to allay fears. One of the residents said they decided against attending the meeting because their grouse is not with the company but with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they believe has ...

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Petty city crimes no big impact on tourism – GTA Director

Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Brian Mullis does not believe that crime is discouraging tourists from visiting this South American nation because visitor figures continue to grow. He says most of the crime seen is petty theft in the capital city, Georgetown, and must be placed in the proper context. “I think we also acknowledge that most of ...

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Gov’t crafting oil and gas safety and health regulations

A new package of regulations governing workers’ safety in the oil and gas sector is being crafted, Occupational Safety and Health Consultant at the Ministry of Social Protection, Gwyneth King said Wednesday. She made the disclosure at a Health, Safety, Security and Environment Conference and Exhibition hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana in collaboration with the American ...

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OPINION: The Forest Sector: The Jewel Standing Tall at the Intersection of Guyana’s Green and Brown Economy

By Deonarine Ramsaroop, Rafeek Khan and Dr. David Singh Guyana now stands at the winners’ podium for its non-renewable natural resources. Its oil and gas reserves are causing a growth rate of 16.3% between 2018 and 2021, double that of Ethiopia the next fastest growing economy. Indeed, the country’s brown economic output is set to explode. In a few short ...

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Natural gas eruption in northwestern Guyana

Natural gas was Tuesday continuing to spew in northwestern Guyana from what was expected to be a potable water well being drilled by a Brazilian company for a private businessman, official said. Region 1 (Barima-Waini) Chairman, Brentnol Archer told Demerara Waves Online News that as far as his regional council was aware, no information or request was submitted. “Our concern ...

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Severe flooding in Mahdia; clean-up begins as water level drops

Residents of the town of Mahdia, Potaro-Siparuni (Region 8) were Friday battling severe flooding caused by extremely heavy rainfall, resulting in the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) considering opening shelters for affected residents and rushing in relief supplies. Director-General of the CDC, Colonel Kester Craig said cleaning supplies were being rushed to the gold mining-dependent town as the water level has ...

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City Council seemingly tolerates vending by waste dumpsters; pickup strategy needed – PSC official

Even as the Georgetown City Council and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) grapple with the garbage disposal problem facing the commercial sector of the town, City Hall appears to be unmindful of vendors selling outside Stabroek Market alongside a foul-smelling garbage collection site which potentially threatens produce contamination and poses a health risk. This situation had been brought to the ...

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Western Wakenaam village flooded

A section of the western side of Wakenaam Island, Essequibo River, was late Wednesday inundated with flood waters after a koker door collapsed, apparently due to intense pressure from the spring tide. Demerara Waves Online News understands that most of the residents at the village of Sarah were not badly affected because their houses are built on stilts. However, the ...

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Talks begin on building renewable energy power plant in Guyana

The Guyana government and a major Japanese solar energy company last week opened talks on constructing a renewable energy power plant in Guyana. Last Friday, a group of investors from the United States, Japan, Korea, the Malaysian Group, Smart City Clearing Corporation, and Capital Fund met with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Chief Executive Officer of the Hinterland Electrification Company ...

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EPA refutes reports that Aurora gold mine resumed underground mining

Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday refuted reports that Aurora Gold Mine has resumed underground mining. EPA Director, Dr. Vincent Adams said the company was merely authorised to gather data to support its application for a permit to mine underground. “This permit is to conduct testing to collect data for the application of a permit so there is no ...

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