Looming deadline for public comment on controversial Disney Bahamas cruise port – Eye Witness News
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As the deadline approaches to receive comments on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the controversial Disney’s Lighthouse Point project, environmentalists are urging the general public to provide their comments before the end of the allotted time.
The long-awaited EIA was published in March.
Public comments are expected by May 7, 2021 – this Friday – and should be submitted directly to [email protected] or through the Disney Project website.
Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point, a campaign launched by various environmentalists and groups, has repeatedly raised concerns about the project as well as the EIA.
In his most recent statement, he again called Disney’s 550-page document “flawed” and noted: “Large conglomerates like Disney have a corporate and social responsibility to operate in a sustainable way for people and people. the planet.”
Sam Duncombe, reEarth, added: “It is absolutely crucial to submit comments on this EIA and let Disney and the government know that it is not enough.
“Disney must withdraw its current EIA project, conduct additional studies, and resubmit an updated EIA that includes all the information necessary to determine the best option for the environment and the people of the Bahamas.”
The Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign had garnered more than 445,000 supporting signatures as of press time yesterday.
He said “several independent experts” had raised concerns about the Lighthouse Point project, Eleuthera, citing comments from Dr Gregory Miller, executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel; Dinah Bear, former general counsel for the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ; Chris Maxey, founder of the Island School in southern Eleuthera; James Lima, an international sustainability expert who has worked closely with local groups on Eleuthera; Dr Thomas Goreau, president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and chief scientist at Blue Regeneration; the Woods Hole Group, an environmental engineering and consulting organization; and Jacob Scherr, former director of Global Advocacy at Natural Resources Defense Council and Senior Advisor to The Last Chance Campaign.
The Stop Disney campaign has once again urged Disney to consider alternative plans.
Disney, for its part, has argued that the project will be environmentally friendly and sustainable.