Workers of Bahamas Petroleum Company were delayed from getting to their worksite at Bonasse Village in Cedros this morning, after landowners and farmers blocked the road to protest its deplorable conditions. However, the protest was cut short after the police gave them a warning.
Guardian Media understands that as early as 5:30 am, the protesters cut and dragged trees across Beaulieu Road, which leads to the company’s oil drilling site. Cedros Councillor, Shankar Teelucksingh, said the company has been doing drilling activities which created employment in the area. He said due to heavy equipment traffic, the road has deteriorated, and it now looks like a dirt road.
“In this pandemic, landowners in this area have had to dip in their pockets to repair the road over the past couple of months, due to the fact that the [regional] corporation has not gotten any releases under material and supply votes for road repairs,” he said.
“I am calling on the Minister of Finance again to release the money. Release our allocation so we could assist residents, not only in my area but within the Siparia region. This morning it is unfortunate that residents had to brace a pandemic to come out and highlight the poor infrastructure of the roadways,” he told Guardian Media.
According to Councillor Teelucksingh, the roadway has continued to deteriorate and since there is no money in the corporation to repair the road, he contacted Bahamas Petroleum about the situation and asked the company to assist.
“They are trying to see what assistance they can lend the corporation in terms of material so that we can have some repairs done to have the road more in a passable condition for the landowners and farmers,” Teelucksingh said.
He said the Siparia Regional Corporation and the company were working to remove the trees as soon as possible, so drilling activities could continue.