Santo Domingo.- Puerto Plata deputy José Ignacio Paliza on Wednesday questioned the government’s motives behind its plan to install two power plants on the city’s shore, which in his view would jeopardize the region’s effort to restore its tourism sector.
The lawmaker said the power plants would harm the resorts at Playa Dorada and warned the government that the measure will be met with protests. “Just one week ago news broke that the 45 megawatt North Star plant is headed to Puerto Plata. We want to warn that we will not allow it.”
Paliza said while Puerto Plata struggles to relaunch its tourism industry with major projects such as the Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship port at Luperon ant the tourism ministry announces large works such as an amphitheatre, "we don’t see the reasoning behind the installation of the plants."
He also noted a recent oil spill from the current plant into the bay, for which “this installation is illegal, we don’t understand how Tourism announces millions of dollars for an amphitheatre, it the government announces that plant.”
He said the power plant installed in Puerto Plata forced the closing and now demolition of a 400-room hotel, “and now we see how the structure is under the wrecking ball just to recover its rebar.”
Paliza announced a protest next Friday against the plant, which he affirms “has all permits are ready. it’s going to join another already operating, those permits were made easier because it was requested as an expansion of the current plant.”
“Why was it taken to Puerto Plata after being docked at the Ozama river? The original idea was to install in Samaná, but the high cost to connect it to the grid wasn’t profitable, so it was decided to take it to Puerto Plata,” the lawmaker said.
Interviewed on Hoy Mismo Channel 9, the opposition PRD party deputy cautioned that to relaunch Puerto Plata, the plant cannot be installed there.