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Environmentalists to protest over oil refinery

Published:Tuesday | March 18, 2008 | 11:39 AM

An alliance of environmentalists in Dominica has announced plans to protest the construction of an oil refinery, which is to be financed under Venezuela’s Petrocaribe energy programme.

Activists have warned that the US$76 million refinery could threaten the island’s environment.

Spokesman of the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation, Joseph Williams said the group is organising several rallies against the construction in the coming weeks.

The refinery is expected to produce 10,000 barrels of oil a day.

It is part of the PetroCaribe agreement under which Venezuela provides oil on cheap terms to the Caribbean.