The Nicaraguan government has not made the ERM study public, nor has it indicated when it will do so. Panel members said it is imperative that the 14-volume study be available for public review.Photo courtesy Guillermo A. Durán via Flickr Creative CommonsThe ferry “El Che Guevara” in Muelle de Moyogalpa, a port town on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua. The island receives about 40,000 visitors each year. Click image to enlarge.
“That is the most urgent short-term concern with the process,” said Ryan Stoa, a lawyer and senior scholar at Florida International University who helped to organize the independent review panel. “The government is holding it back. It’s hard for anyone to judge the merits of the study without seeing the research in its entirety. It’s troubling for us that the government has not publicly released the report, or even indicated when they will do so. While the science we reviewed was problematic, I expect the final ESIA will raise serious concerns about the impacts of the canal. It’s imperative that the public have access to that research sooner rather than later.”
Well, in case anyone wanted to know if the proposed Interoceanic Canal of Nicaragua was a complete sham or not, this article by “Circle of Blue” (which is an environmental group concerned with all things water-related) appears to seal the deal. If the environmental assessment is criticized on not only the environmental impacts but more broadly, on the overall feasibility (or lack thereof) of the project, then the investors will not put a centavo into this scheme and it will die an ugly death, hopefully with little actual screwing around with the environment.
So back to theory “A” of the canal deal; that it is a huge land grab by Chinese nationals on a wide and long swath of southern Nicaragua. Let’s just hope the powers that be are so ashamed of themselves and face the wrath of every environmentalist in the world so that they stop while they’re behind as far as actually trying to see this through, or even to see the sham through.