Thursday, January 27, 2011

DOE: No environmental impact assessment required

January 26, 2011
Cayman 27 News

Louisiana State University Professor, Dr. Harry H. Roberts, said dredging a channel in the North Sound could change it significantly and many others are saying that government needs to do its homework before the digging starts.

Dr. Roberts did his dissertation work in the North Sound and he said it’s hard to say exactly what potential environmental impacts the dredging may have.

“Anytime you open up a closed system, or semi-closed system like the North Sound, it does have some implications,” Dr. Roberts said.

Among those implications, he said, are changes to wave activity, which could lead to rocky times for one of Cayman’s biggest tourist attractions –Stingray City.

“Opening a channel could in fact shift those sands and perhaps even disperse the sand so that the habitat that you have there now may disappear. I don't know that's the case, but it could be the case,” Dr. Roberts said.

Premier the Honourable McKeeva Bush said last week he wants proof that dredging a channel would hurt North Sound.

“Someone will need to show me scientifically why what I’m saying shouldn’t happen,” the Premier said. Read the whole story here.