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EPA report for airport expansion is ready!

- Kraus-Manning submits its findings to Government
Meetings were held to get feedback from the public on their views on the planned development of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport at Beef Island. Photo: VINO/File
Tony Monaghan, in black tee-shirt, at one of the meetings. Photo: VINO/File
Tony Monaghan, in black tee-shirt, at one of the meetings. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kraus-Manning, the company hired by Government to carry out an impact assessment of the environment for the expansion of the Territory’s airport runway, has handed in its findings to Government.

Director of the company’s Caribbean operations, Tony Monaghan, informed this news agency that the report was handed in on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

This means Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering, Director of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) and Permanent Secretary Ronald Berkeley all have copies to pour over the contents.

For now, any information pertaining to the reports would have to come from the Minister and his PS this news agency was told, and at the time this article was published, they were in a meeting.

Meanwhile, to ensure a comprehensive report, Kraus-Manning had used waves and currents monitoring equipment as part of their assessment.

Several pieces of the equipment were placed underwater in February 2012 to catch the worse of winter swells in the surrounding areas of Well Bay, Trellis Bay and Long Bay to accurately determine the flow of sand and sediments of the surrounding islands and beaches.

Airport expansion project

Two meetings were held in March 2012, where Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering announced that Government will be going ahead with the expansion of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.

Residents were informed that Government was leaning towards option six, which will cost about $38M. With this option, the runway will be extended to some 7,000 feet from 4,000 plus feet, and accommodate AB 390, 320 and the Embrea 190.

It is also expected to reduce the environmental impact, which would save the salt pond and beaches in the area, reduce crosswinds, and accommodate code C and D aircrafts.

However, the disadvantages include higher weather minimums- meaning jets would have to use a height of about 1,290 feet and the runway must be visual, as well as the circling approach.

The concerns include future widening will have an environmental impact on Trellis Bay and the salt ponds

19 Responses to “EPA report for airport expansion is ready!”

  • critic (31/05/2012, 13:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that was rather quick
    • @critic (31/05/2012, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the tone of your comments are become less argumentative, are you realising that this Government does what it says and is good for the BVI? They always said they would have the report in May.
  • ooooo (31/05/2012, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    minister kadahfi already said "its a done deal"....so this should be a waste of money
    • @critic (31/05/2012, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      there we go, thats the critic we know, ooooo and critic are 1 and the same!!
  • SoWhat'sInIt? (31/05/2012, 16:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hear from a inside source Krauss Manning couldn't find any solution that didn't destroy Trellis Bay, so I interested to hear a) what they recommend and b) how Dr Pick going to pick his way out the statement "This government will not do ANYTHING to destroy Trellis Bay's environment". And this one: "No one cares more about the Trellis Bay environment than ME." Stand by for some real talky talk.
    • Crank Shaft (31/05/2012, 16:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And what if your so called source is just BS? No matter what they do the bay will be 'impacted'. each time we build a home, the environment is 'impacted'. But the reason we have town planning and other things is to mitigate and keep impact to minimums.
      • SoWahtsInIt? (01/06/2012, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @crankshaft - you can;t mitigate against the loss of a large area - a whole bay and all its ecology systems - just by making a little water pump or run a canal down the road. The end result of this will be a salt pond - that's how they were made, by being cut off from the sea - unless of course a future government decides to land fill the whole of Trellis Bay and turn it into a shopping mall. Oh dear, I think I just saw the future.
  • observer (31/05/2012, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets not fool ourselves any major development that is to take place in any country will have to destroy something its a give and take create jobs and a better way of living for your people or do nothing to provide a better living for your people.Every development will have their critics every year hundreds of students leave school what are they to do eat mangrove . These school leavers have dreams they have wants also.We need development and fast.
  • taxpayer (31/05/2012, 17:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You people must read between the lines. The statement "Government will not do ANYTHING to destroy Trellis Bay's environment" is accurate. It is accurate because at the end of the day, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN.
  • Well Sah (31/05/2012, 21:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is how the planes are going to be landing. Lawd send help! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_z5HtME9n8&feature=player_detailpage
    • AirDrop (01/06/2012, 14:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why you keep showing this video??? THE PLANE lands and take-off from the runway all the time... by you showing this video just prove we can go ahead with the runway expansion, which is a done deal btw. Hurry let me get some money in my pocket, START THIS PROJECT ASAP!
      • Well Sah (01/06/2012, 19:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        lol that is exactly my point. But do we want to land in this manner lmaof or would you want to land anywhere in this manner. I know for one. I don't
      • Well Sah (01/06/2012, 19:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        OK Airdrop::: You don't like that one, here is a new one for you. I do hope you like this one better. lmaof http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CT1-XaKlq_c
  • cane garden bay (31/05/2012, 21:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well so what dey man done say tis a done deal NEXT
  • super (31/05/2012, 23:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The crucial EPA study for the proposed new airport, sought by the ministry of Environment and big man Pickering is usless as the airport already has the go-ahead. Though the report was required as a starter the airport has already been given the thumbs up for a smooth take-off....one word "done deal"
  • she the cat mother (01/06/2012, 00:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let the bird fly
  • For real (01/06/2012, 07:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bottom line we going up the road......
  • under the bus (01/06/2012, 17:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come nobody talking that ....is a ferign company??
  • taxpayer (01/06/2012, 21:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well, look how one man's ignorance can spark such a debate. Talk is cheap but money buy's land.


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