Press release,
Tuesday, January 12, 2016,
Santo Domingo, D. N.
001: The National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC) announced at a press conference held this morning in the forced appearance of the candidates for President of the Republic and the presidents of the parties in the country, the audience next Monday 18, in which the Supreme Administrative Court shall hear the appeal of preventive environmental protection against coal plants Punta Catalina. From left to right, Domingo Acevedo, Euren Cuevas, Enrique de Leon and Tito Olivo Salazar.

Candidates for president of the Republic and the heads of the main political parties have been sued so forced to appear at the hearing that meet the amparo against coal plants Punta Catalina, on Monday January 18 in the Administrative Court.

The National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC), the Institute of Law for the Protection of the Environment (INSAPROMA) and various organizations in the Peravia Province and other parts of the country demanded the forceful intervention in the hearing of the candidates President of the Republic Danilo Medina, Luis Abinader, Minou Tavarez Mirabal and Guillermo Moreno.

They also cited, through this procedure, the presidents of the parties of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Leonel Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), Miguel Vargas Maldonado, the Social Christian Reformist (PRSC), Federico Antun Batlle, Revolutionary Modern (PRM), Andres Bautista Garcia, and the Alliance for Democracy (APD), Max Puig.

At a press conference held in the morning at the Dominican College of Journalists (CDP), banks reported that the government secretly authorized the installation of another plant Punta Catalina 600 megawatt coal to a company based in the country It not is known in the field of electricity generation.

They said they will ask the Supreme Administrative Court to prevent the installation of the third plant in Punta Catalina, in addition to the request and made the arrest of the construction of the other two plants by the Odebrecht-Tecnimont-Star consortium order .

They revealed that the agreement signed on 27 December 2013 between the Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies (CDEEE) and the company Pinegy Commercial Group, ratified by the special power of the President of the Republic No. 39-14 dated March 28, 2014, be brought to Punta Catalina this plant from South Carolina, USA.

They explained that the CDEEE will buy electricity for 25 years that this plant produced under similar conditions to those which had the contract Cogentrix, in which the State undertakes to pay a fixed charge even when the plant does not produce energy.

The organizations felt that this third coal plant in Punta Catalina further aggravates the illegality of this project demonstrates their total lack of transparency, and its links and influence peddling corrupt activities.

They said that this agreement was concluded power No. 391-13 no-bid, has no environmental license and, by agreement between the CDEEE, the private companies involved and the Presidency of the Republic, remained the existence of this project in complete secrecy, breaking all the laws and regulations which oblige the State to be transparent.

They pointed out that Article 34 of the agreement stated that this project is not diffuse and even hide authorities had no direct link with it.
They indicated that the opacity of the government’s conduct has also been highlighted in the recent announcement made by a consortium of European banks had disbursed $ 200 million to foreign suppliers of the Dominican State in building coal plants Punta Catalina.

004: Enrique de León declares on behalf of the National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC), at a press conference held in the morning at the headquarters of the Dominican College of Journalists (CDP).

“The government concealed from the public the status of this loan to fully repay this money if for the 1st. April the Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) of Brazil has not paid the loan contracted with the Dominican State, which is very unlikely, if not impossible, for this part of the process that investigates the Brazilian courts against ODEBERCHT and remains in prison to which he was president until recently, “they said.

They added that another condition of the loan that the government has hidden is to be made responsible for any claim arising against these banks for financing coal plants Punta Catalina.

The National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC), the Institute of Law for the Protection of the Environment (INSAPROMA) and organizations of Peravia Province and other parts of the country, justified the appearance of presidential candidates and the presidents of the main political parties in the imminent and irreparable involvement of the environment and health of people in the province Peravia, especially communities near Punta Catalina.

They argued that political parties involved in the administration of state resources and the establishment of public policies, have an obligation to defend the collective interests and diffuse contained in Article 66 of the Constitution of the Republic and Article 8 of the Law 64-00 on the principle of prevention and precaution.

They said that the political parties mentioned participated in the adoption of the Law on National Development Strategy which sets decarbonization and the development of renewable energies Article 27 and therefore are obliged to oppose the construction of these flat coal flagrantly violates this law.

They claimed that the construction of coal plants Punta Catalina, now aggravated by the installation of another secret of 600 megawatts, also violates the Free Trade Agreement between Central America, Dominican Republic and United States of America than in Chapter XVII sets non-regression principle prohibiting unprotected environment and natural resources to favor a particular company.



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