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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Guyana says the Environmental Assessment Board (EAB) will be conducting a public hearing on Monday, May 10, at the Soesdyke/Huist’ Coverden Neighbourhood Democratic Council into appeals submitted against the development of an oil and gas waste treatment facility in the area.

“In accordance with Section 18(3) of the Environmental Protection Act, Cap. 20:05, Laws of Guyana, the EAB shall conduct public hearings into all appeals submitted against the EPA’s decision not to require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project,” the EPA said in a notice.

The environmental body said the Public Hearing will involve “representations from the appellants, the developer and other key stakeholders.” After this exercise, the EAB will deliberate on the findings and prepare a report with its decision confirming or setting aside the EPA’s decision.

Global Oil Environmental Services Guyana (GOES), a Joint Venture between JaParts Guyana and Global Oil Management Group, has been looking to move forward with the development of a waste treatment facility in Land of Canaan on the East Bank of Demerara that will focus on the recycle and reuse of oil and gas wastes.

GOES said in a recent press release that the focus of the facility will be the responsible and safe recycling and reuse of hydrocarbons in E&P waste streams.

“In developing this service in-country, the GOES Guyana operation will also allow for a greater local content initiative push by keeping more services located in Guyana and avoid the need to utilize the same in Surname and Trinidad & Tobago,” the company said.

It pointed out that the facility is expected to train and employ 20-30 local citizens when operational.

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