Barbadians Carrying the Weight of Cahill Waste

Who is Quantum Energy and are they new beneficial owners of the Cahill Waste To Energy idea. Who owns the Garbage in Barbados? …

Kammie Holder (posted to Request to Remove CAHILL blog 2018)

At some point on Day 3 during the just concluded Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Annual Conference, Prime Minister Mia Mottley referenced that the controversial Cahill agreement may potentially cost taxpayers millions. It seems the agreement was crafted to permit the transfer of ownership to other parties who have signaled to the government there is a high expectation said agreement must be honoured.

The Cahill matter is near and dear to the BU blogmaster because Barbados Underground played a small part in the dissemination of confidential documents that exposed the less than transparent manner then Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government consummated the agreement with Clare Cowan and Cahill Energy Barbados.

Another reason: in the Upper Chamber of Parliament then leader of government business Maxine McClean and Verla De Peiza (now leader of the Democratic Labour Party) described BU blogmaster as a traitor for posting Cahill confidential documents which exposed the DLP Cabinet as less than transparent with the electorate of Barbados. Some will say the electorate is enjoying having the last word given the result of the May 2018 general election. The blogmaster respectfully disagrees.

It is long passed the time to satisfy public expectation to hold public officials accountable. If there is a whiff of evidence the stink of malfeasance permeates, we must move to a stage where elected officials pay the price. In Barbados former ministers et al routinely transition to private sector to benefit from rotten seeds planted while in government. Why should ordinary citizens be expected to tighten the belt and others be allowed to go scot free all the Rh time?

There will be a price to pay if social justice issues are not factored into the way we manage our affairs. Especially during this period of austerity we are struggling to negotiate. It is ordinary people who have seen retirement investments in government securities negatively devalued, ordinary citizens have seen fees charged rather than interest credited to savings accounts at financial institutions. In the interest of all that is good we must not allow members of the political class to conspire with the economic class to the detriment of ordinary people.

How on God’s earth the people of Barbados- taxpayers, will remain silent to the pronouncement by the prime minister of Barbados  Barbados stands to lose millions because of the Cahill “frustrated contract”?

What manner of people are we to allow a class of  people to continually rub the brown stuff in our faces and every where?




Cahill Energy Agreements EXPOSE Prime Minister Stuart as Withholding the Truth from Barbadians

In her response to the budget of  June 2015 leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley gave impetus to the Cahill Energy debate when she shocked the country with the revelation that four ministers (Darcy Boyce, Denis Kellman, Chris Sinckler and Denis Lowe) had signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Cahill Energy dated 15 March 2014.

Signatures of Ministers Boyce, Kellman, Sinckler and Lowe on the Power Purchase Agreement

Signatures of Ministers Boyce, Kellman, Sinckler and Lowe on the Power Purchase Agreement

The government defended (not very well) the agreement with the Claire Cowan Cahill Energy company, however, subsequent events have proved the Fruendel Stuart led government withheld vital information from Barbadians.

Barbadians were NOT told that on the 13 September 2013 Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart signed a Heads of Terms Agreement related to Cahill Energy that committed the government to specific deliverables which have cost and legal implication for Barbados. For example, clause 5 of the agreement reads as follows:

section 5, heads of term agreement.

Clause 5 of the Heads of Term Agreement

Why did the Prime Minister remain silent on the matter of his involvement during the June 2015 budget debate? Why did he not defend Minister Denis Lowe – who had lead responsibility – and the other ministers who were heavily criticized for their involvement with Cahill Energy?

Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart's signature next to Clare Cownan, CEO of Cahill Energy

Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart’s signature next to Clare Cownan, CEO of Cahill Energy

What adds to the Cahill intrigue is the letter (parts 1,2) signed by Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart dated 3 March 2014 addressed to Clare Cowan advising that Cabinet approval was obtained and the agreement with Cahill had been submitted to the Solicitor General’s Office as part of the required due diligence process.

In 2013 Prime Minister Stuart in his head to head with Owen Arthur won the debate on the matter of who was perceived to have greater integrity by the public. The Cahill Energy transaction has given justification to those who now question the honesty of our prime minister. The public announcement last week by Minister Denis Lowe  – forced by the No Confidence Motion – is not the final chapter in the book titled ‘Governance‘.

Clare Cowan Alert – Victory for Citizen Advocacy

Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

BU was alerted last week that the embattled CEO of Cahill Energy Clare Cowan was finally able to offload her plush apartment in Canada albeit below the original asking price. It means her creditors will likely have to take a haircut to cover off outstandings. While Cowan’s personal finances should not be the concern of Barbadians the fact that she leads a company gifted a contract by the Barbados government to foist a USD350 plasma gasification plant on Barbadians makes it our business. It supports the point that Cahill Energy – like 3S – was created by the government of the day so that a few may benefit at the expense of gullible taxpayers. Although BU is reasonably confident the Cahill deal is dead in its original form, we must remain vigilant by continuing to hold the political class to account.

Last week another victory was scored for citizens who champion for greater transparency by government when awarding contracts of the Cahill variety.

Victory for Clean Air: Maryland Decides Against Nation’s Largest Trash Incinerator

Maryland Department of the Environment Finds that Permit has Expired for Construction of Energy Answers Incinerator in South Baltimore

Baltimore, Md., March 17, 2016 – Clean air advocates and residents of Baltimore today praised a decision by Maryland nullifying approval to build what would be the largest trash burning incinerator in the U.S.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) found today that the New York-based developers of the Energy Answers waste-to-energy plant, proposed for Fairfield, allowed the project’s permit to expire when they stopped construction on October 31, 2013.

“This is a great decision for clean air and for environmental justice,” said Leah Kelly, Attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project.  “This plant would have been a large source of toxic air pollution in an area that already has a high air pollution burden.   MDE is charged with enforcing the letter of the law, and it is had done so with this decision.”

For a copy of the MDE decision letter, click here.

Many residents of the Curtis Bay, Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Park neighborhoods closest to the incinerator site – including a student-led organization called Free Your Voice – have been fighting the proposed 4,000-ton-per-day trash burning incinerator because of the air pollution that it would add to a neighborhood already suffering from toxic air emissions.

Destiny Watford, a local resident who has been leading the campaign against the incinerator, said:  “Today marks a crucial point in the communities of Brooklyn, Curtis Bay and Brooklyn Park. Community members have been working to bring truly green community driven positive alternatives like solar, recycling, and composting that provide good jobs for residents, and don’t put our lives at risk. The incinerator was holding us back from that positive vision. “

Charles Graham, a senior at Benjamin Franklin High School who has been fighting the project, said: “It’s awesome that MDE, after all of the pressure we’ve been building, is finally taking a step in the right direction. I’m just happy that it’s finally happening and see it as an opportunity for city and state officials to help support working towards the community’s vision for positive fair development alternatives to the incinerator.”

Rodette Jones, a longtime Curtis Bay resident and manager of the Filbert Street Garden, said: “This is awesome. Curtis Bay residents fought and we won and now our vision is finally coming into focus. Now we can roll up our sleeves and get to work on our plans for community driven alternatives for solar and recycling. The people stood up to a threat to our health and environment and this is a big victory. “

On February 10, the Environmental Integrity Project filed a notice of intent to sue Energy Answers on behalf of local residents and advocates over the status of the permit.  Under the federal Clean Air Act, approval to build a major source of air pollution, like the Energy Answers incinerator, expires if a company halts construction for a period of eighteen months or more.  This law prevents companies from avoiding newer air pollution requirements that may have been passed since a permit was issued.

Instead of an incinerator, the community has been pushing for more positive development alternatives that would create truly green jobs without putting residents’ health at risk. Possibilities include a solar energy farm, and recycling and composting facilities.

Watford,  the local campaign leader, said: “Since August, doctors, environmentalists,  and community members that wanted to see the incinerator project come to an end, have been reaching out to MDE, stating why the incinerator project is not only a failure, but is also fundamentally wrong. We are incredibly proud of the MDE for making the right decision helping us move forward towards a future filled with truly green developments. Now, more than ever, is the time for our public officials to stand with residents as we work to make our positive vision a reality.”

On December 15, 2015, more than 100 protesters gathered at MDE headquarters to demand that the state nullify the expired permit for Energy Answers. “Pull the permit!” the protesters chanted.

Seven of the protestors conducted a sit-in, refusing to leave the building until MDE issued a decision that the permit had expired.  In response, dozens of police officers arrived to arrest the seven protestors engaging in civil disobedience, including a local high school student and a physician who opposes the incinerator project.   The charges were later dropped.

After the protest at MDE on Dec. 15, the activists returned to the state agency to drop off petitions signed by almost 2,000 people. The petitions asked the state to find the incinerator permit invalid.

The Environmental Integrity Project is a 14-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to holding polluters and governments accountable and to protecting public health.

The United Workers is a Baltimore- based human rights organization, founded in 2002 by homeless day laborers, that is dedicated to building a movement to end poverty and to securing economic human rights through fair development.


Tom Pelton, Environmental Integrity Project (443) 510-2574 or

Greg Sawtell, United Workers (513) 638-7107 or

The Birth of Cahill Energy

saynotocahillThe Greenland Landfill project will forever taint the legacy of the Barbados Labour Party and the period the Owen Arthur administration governed Barbados from 1994 to 2008. There is the oft saying “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The Cahill Energy project, with all its warts, will be known as the project that dispelled the feint notion the Democratic Labour Party is the change agent many hoped for.

Several documents, voice recordings and discussions are a matter of record to support the conclusion that Cahill waste to energy project is a scam to feather the nest of a few in Barbados. Here are a few more documents:

CEO of Cahill Energy Barbados Instructs Lex Caribbean to Confirm Land Transfer @Vaucluse

Commonsense suggests the Cahill Waste-to-Energy deal is dead. Commonsense also suggest Barbadians must remain vigilant to make sure the Cahill deal is buried. Of interest to Barbadians in the attached Cahill leaked documents […] Continue reading

Power Mad

Submitted by Beresford
Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

Cahill Energy (Barbados) unwittingly flung the cat among the pigeons at their Community Meeting this week in a most unexpected way. Apart from their woefully inadequate response to clearly well informed citizens, they exposed the weakness and confusion in the Government’s energy policy.

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PROPOSED Cahill Waste to Energy Plant Generating More Questions Than Answers

Submitted by Anthony Davis
Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

The Guernsey-based plasma gasification company, Cahill Energy seems baffled  by “the continuing objections from Barbadians” regarding the controversial waste-to-energy project, with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) […] Continue reading

Guernsey Registered Cahill Energy Registration Documents, EXPOSED!

Who or what is Cahill Energy? Barbadians taxpayers want to know!

Who or what is Cahill Energy? Barbadians taxpayers want to know!

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Barbadians Turned Out in Large Numbers to say NO to Cahill Waste to Energy Plant

Clare Cowan

Clare Cowan

Fireworks started  the moment concerned Barbadians entered the LESCS  and were informed questions had to be written down to solicit answers from the panel assembled, including the much talked […] Continue reading

Mechanical Engineer Calls on the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers (BAPE) to Address the Proposed Cahill Waste to Energy Plant

The following was submitted to the Facebook Group Bajans Against $700M Waster to Energy Plant by a Mechanical Engineer.
Zero Waste Logo

Zero Waste Barbados Logo

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Outrageous Government Contracts Are Choking Barbados!

Submitted by David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement
David Comissiong - President of Clement Payne Movement

David Comissiong – President of Clement Payne Movement

As we approach Barbados’ 50th year of Independence, I am calling on all patriotic Barbadians to join together and make a determined effort to uproot and eradicate the destructive remnants […] Continue reading

Barbadians Against Waste-to-Energy Plant

Kammie Holder, Insurance Executive and Advocacy Director Future Centre Trust

Kammie Holder, Insurance Executive and Advocacy Director Future Centre Trust

Public spirited Barbadians have been voicing concern in growing numbers about government’s plan to locate a Waste to Energy Plasma Gasification Plant at Vacluse, St. St. Thomas. Environmental advocate Kammie Holder of the Future Trust has been leading the charge and is responsible for the Facebook page  Bajans Against $700M Waste to Energy Plant. BU joins with Kammie to  invite all civic minded people every where to join the cause. Where there is little transparency by government it requires the citizenry to agitate and participate. What is DEMOCRACY! #‎20000strongbarbados‬

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Mia Mottley Prosecutes Government on CORRUPTION in Her Reply to 2015 Budget

Those  Democratic Labour Party (DLP) members in parliament advocated the need for Barbados to enact Integrity and Freedom of Information legislation prior to being elected in 2008. There was an expectation Barbadians would have seen movement on this issue within 100 days of the DLP government […] Continue reading

Cahill Energy Waste-to-Energy Scam Exposed by Mia Mottley

Has Mia Mottley, Opposition Leader

Has Mia Mottley, Opposition Leader

Barbadians listened with rap attention to the demolition job inflicted by Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley on the government to expose the Cahill Waste-to-Energy scam. It boggles the mind OUR government would be swayed […] Continue reading

Mia Mottley Accuses Government Ministers of Entering Shady Arrangement with Cahill Energy and Trans Tech Inc

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley used the cloak of parliamentary privilege in her reply to the 2015 Budget and Financial Statement to accuse […] Continue reading

Questions for Minister Denis Lowe

Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

Clare Cowan, CEO of Cahill Energy

If there is ever a debate in Barbados to identify the Most Controversial Minister holding a Cabinet position in the Stuart government, Minister Denis Lowe’s name must feature. The latest question we have for the embattled Lowe – who still has to answer the question making the rounds about monies deposited to his mother’s bank account – is what are the up to date details behind the Waste to Energy Plant to be built at Vaucluse, St. Thomas.

In the April 1 BarbadosAdvocate there is a ‘teaser’ story about Cahill plasma gasification plant – coming soon. In May 30 Barbados Today story it reports  Government  has just signed a US$300 million agreement with the Jada Group of Companies for the construction of a plasma gasification plant. Does this mean Jada is building the Cahill plant?
Why the ambiguity, why must the electorate be left in the dark to guess next steps? Why the arrogance by Minister Lowe? Several months after the town hall/open house meeting at St. Thomas Parish Church we are none the wiser. This government needs to take the advice of the IMF technocrats, improve its communication with the public!

No News About Cahill Energy and Waste to Energy–How Will B’s Compete?

Interesting report out of Canada which details that Plasco Energy missed another deadline set by the city of Ottawa to build a waste-to-energy plant. The company entered an agreement in 2011 to “construct a 300-tonne-a-day gasification plant” by 2016 – see report Plasco misses 3rd deadline to find financing for waste plant.

The Barbados government entered a similar agreement with Cahill Energy in March 2014 to build a US$240 million (approximately) gasification plant, projected  to provide up to 25% of Barbados’ total energy needs. A press release suggests the proposed Barbados plant will have a capacity of 30 to 35 megawatts.

At a Town Hall meeting in July 2014 which was attended by CEO of Cahill Energy Claire Cowan, interested parties confirmed the Environmental Impact Study sould have been made available to the public pursuant to the Town Planning regulation “in about three weeks” – several months have passed since the promise. At a recent press conference minister Denis Lowe shared little information about the status of the project.

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Our Eyes are on YOU Ministers Michael Lashley and Dennis Lowe

The unprecedented decision by a minister of the crown to instigate legal action against Omar Watson  because he posted a Facebook status which caused him distress and anxiety  continues to be a source of annoyance to the BU household. The more you think about it, sub judice or not, it is a frivolous action, and when viewed together with the dry talk from minister of drainage Denis Lowe – there appears an obvious attempt by members of the government of Barbados to intimidate Barbadians who operate in the social media universe. BU does not condone misuse of social media and parties who abuse it should be aware there are consequences.

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People Say

Citizen advocate Afra Raymond has legitimate concerns about how large scale development is undertaken in our relatively small countries. He refers to a few large projects which have been implemented with little or no regard for citizens’ input or review. There is similar concern in Barbados and several of our little islands where Environment Impact Study documents are prepared to satisfy the law, hardly to reflect public concerns. If it is troubling for Afra in T&T, a 5,128 square kilometres, what can we say about tiny Barbados. The latest project in Barbados is the Cahill Waste to Energy that is the cause of concerns about its impact on our scarce land resources.

Cahill Convenes Town Hall Meeting

Plase gasification is coming to Barbados!

Plase gasification is coming to Barbados!

Within the last seven days a tiny noticed was published in the press that Cahill Energy will convened a ‘Town Hall meeting’ to informed members of the public salient points about the USD300 million waste-to-energy plasma gasification plant. BU has been reliably informed the Town Hall meeting was successfully held and although scheduled to end at 8PM finished about 9PM. The illegal meeting was also mentioned by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in a radio program last Sunday.

The Town Planning Act requires that a 28 day notice period be given of such a meeting.

Related Link: Town Planning Act

Caribbean Capital Reserve a Total SCAM

Submitted by Due Diligence
Bajans must be alert!

Bajans must be alert!

Thanks for the heads up on the CCB alert about Caribbean Capital Reserve. Thanks also to Hants for encouraging me to dig deeper than just posting the bio for Sir Jimmy from the CCR website. Barbadians are known for having short memories, the recent eruption about lack of transparency in the Cahill Waste to Energy project is a good example.

On further reading of (CCR) (click on link at your own risk), and CIBC FirstCaribbean’s website, I found that the CCR site is built around stuff cut and pasted (and edited) from CIBC FCIB’s site.

In BU’s post BLP and DLP Political Germfare on April 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM  David commented – “The Central Bank has likely alerted the authorities. If they have not they would be less than a good regulator.” In case – and this is a strecth – they had not connected the dots between CCR and CIBC FCIB, DD took up the Central Bank on its invitation to provide information on this entity; and advised CBB about the cut and pasted stuff from the CIBC FCIB site.

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Cahill Energy Transparency and Taxpayers RIGHT to Know

Who or what is Cahill Energy? Barbadians taxpayers want to know!

Who or what is Cahill Energy? Barbadians taxpayers want to know!

The following was submitted as a comment to the blog Cahill Energy: The Race to Waste Energy. BU along with other Barbadians taxpayers intend to exact our right to know by calling for transparency in all public sector transactions. We have an ineffective Auditor General, a defunct Public Accounts Committee therefore it is up to conscientious Barbadians to use other means available to demand what it right. The irony is that this government promised a new way of governance, more transparent by proclaiming integrity and freedom of information legislation, six years later we continue to wait – David (BU)

The website for this company [Cahhill Energy] can be found by following the LINK. The website does not give confidence in that it was constructed only recently in 2013 and appears to be currently under construction. No financial information or company profile is given on the website. A search was conducted on the company using the following link to the Guernsey companies registry:

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M.I.A. Must Go

Submitted by Douglas
Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition

Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition

Barbados’ social and economic livelihood is currently under threat from infestation by an insidious phage which is more devastating than Ebola, SARS or Chikungunya.  This deadly pathogen is M.I.A. – Megalomaniacal Insidious Amoeba.  MIA must go!

The MIA phage had tried to over run and corrupt Barbados in the period 2008 to 2010 but its growth was quickly halted by a swift and effective political decapitation which rendered the the amoeba innocuous.  However, an unprecedented turn of events in 2013 created the right environment for the Megalomaniacal Insidious Amoeba to spawn and again spread its tentacles into dangerous territory.  To those who provide this amoeba with a power source it is time to rein it in.  Barbados can no longer bare the damage which this political creature is creating.  If left untapped the path of destruction which would be left will be irreparable.  MIA must go!

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Cahill Energy:The Race to Waste Energy

Submitted by Pachamama
 L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister) - Caribbean News

L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Caribbean News



After more than 20 years, the government of Barbados has finally made an attempt to address municipal waste management. While the present government must be encouraged in this effort, we have some concerns. First, we happened to have led a group that over a decade ago that made a stream of proposals to government/s. We also know others who  made such proposal. In none of these cases there was no response.

Secondly, we are concerned that the technology that government is seeking to bring to the country has suffered from a generalized adaptation failure. There are few plants, of industrial scale, in operation. The technology still has certain problems which need to be sorted out. We would have preferred to see a more widely used technology.

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