Former Vice President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA), Maxine Alleyne-Espirit, has said the organization supports the geothermal project currently ongoing in Dominica.
However, she explained it must be done properly and the government will be held responsible for any negative impacts.
Speaking at the DHTA’s 42nd Annual General Meeting earlier in the week, Alleyne-Esprit pointed out that the high costs of energy was one of the main issues discussed at one of the organization’s “Food for Thought” events.
“Food for Thought is one of the fundraising activities held by the association. We managed to pull off two and the first of these was on geothermal development in Dominica,” she said.
She pointed out despite the DHTA’s support, there are concerns of the project’s potential impact on the environment, pointing out it must be done properly.
“Geothermal energy is a good thing, however, it has to be done properly and we are to hold the government responsible on how it is going to be done so that all negative impacts can be mitigated,” Alleyne-Espirit stated. “The resource is available and can be exploited in a way that does not cause more harm than good in short term and in the long term then we are in for it but it is something that has to be monitored.”
She pointed out that the DHTA should remain in constant dialogue with the government in order to remain updated on the progress of the project.
Drilling of a re-injection well in Trafalgar begun last week.
In geothermal terminology a re-injection well is “any well or converted well constructed to dispose of geothermal fluids derived from geothermal resources into an underground reservoir.”