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Our Islands Our Future coalition Hosts Webinar
By Rashema Ingraham
May 10, 2021 - 5:05:32 PM

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A Public Discussion on the future of oil drilling in The Bahamas

Nassau, The Bahamas – Our Islands Our Future (OIOF), a coalition of business owners, environmental groups and individuals who oppose oil drilling in Bahamian waters, will host a live webinar on the future oil drilling in The Bahamas on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.  The event will take a closer look at the array of natural resources and industries which would be adversely impacted by an oil spill in our waters.  

The webinar is open to the public and will facilitate the exchange of opinions and expertise.

The webinar will include a mix of presenters who will provide insight into the science of oil drilling as well as offer case studies on previous oil spills.  Discussions will focus on whether The Bahamas has the know-how and resources to remediate such a disaster or even manage an oil producing industry.

One of the key focus areas is public policy and The Bahamas’ current legislative framework. This is an essential conversation given the fact that Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) recently engaged in a drilling exercise in Bahamian waters. Many Bahamians, including cabinet ministers expressed outrage over the ‘bad deal’. A proper legal context is critical to the protection of our natural resources.

Event moderator and Executive Director of Waterkeepers Bahamas, Rashema Ingraham said, “Viewers will be able to comment on presentations in real time and have some of their concerns addressed by presenters. Panelists will offer positive solutions on how best a small country like The Bahamas can maximize the use of its natural resources by creating new industries and job opportunities through sustainable means.”

Presenters include:

Keyron Smith – One Eleuthera Foundation
Casuarina McKinney-Lambert – BREEF
Matthew Aubry – Organization for Responsible Governance
Dr. Ancilleno Davis – Science and Perspective

Viewers can register for the event on eventbrite.com.  The webinar will begin at 6:30 pm and will be live streamed on Our Islands, Our Future’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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