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Christie stands firm on LNG report

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2011 | 12:38 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, Assistant News Editor

The Gleaner/Power 106

Just days after one of the main players described the contractor general's report on Jamaica’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) project as "shoddy", Contractor General Greg Christie said he stands firmly behind the findings, conclusions and recommendations contained in the document.

Stephen Wedderburn, coordinator of the LNG project, had criticised the report, saying it contained several errors of fact, misrepresentations and unfounded conclusions.

However, in a release today, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) asserted it was confident about the integrity of its report and satisfied that it has adequate evidence to fully substantiate and defend all of its stated positions.

The contractor general said Wedderburn’s charges have sought to take advantage of the public’s general lack of knowledge of the extensive details and sworn evidence that is embodied in his report.

According to the OCG, Wedderburn’s statement has called into question the credibility and integrity of its 609-page report of investigation.

In addition, the OCG said the response has also challenged the truthfulness of the sworn written testimonies from former Permanent Secretary in the Energy Ministry, Marcia Forbes and Director General of the Office of Utilities Regulation, Zia Mian.

Weddderburn has, in essence, publicly accused the two of the commission of the serious criminal offence of perjury, and must now successfully defend his statements or face potential charges of libel, the contractor general said.

In response to Mr. Wedderburn’s demands for an apology, the contractor general said he has nothing to apologise for, and therefore will take no such action.

The OCG also disclsoed that it is it in no way intimidated, moved or concerned by Wedderburn’s threat of potential future legal action.