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Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBU) wishes to respond to statements made by Mr. Shuffel Hepburn, as a guest, on a radio talk show hosted by Mr Wendall Jones on Wednesday, 29th June.

The public should be aware that Mr. Hepburn is prosecuting a lawsuit against The Grand Bahama Utility Company before the Supreme Court in which he has made certain allegations regarding the operation of the Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant. Mr Hepburn claims have been comprehensively answered by GBU in the pending litigation.

Five days were assigned by the Supreme Court for Mr Hepburn to conduct a trial of his claims against GBU over the Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant from 23rd  - 27th May 2016. Mr Hepburn, however, asked for ‘his day in court’ to be postponed and now appears to have resorted to conducting a trial of his claims in the press.

GBU does not intend to conduct a trial of Mr. Hepburn’s claims in press. As the issues are under consideration by  the Supreme Court, ‘trial in the press’  is inappropriate.

GBU looks forward to presenting its case in the Supreme Court proceedings.

The GBPA and GBU have been in discussions with the Minster for Grand Bahama and has assured the Government  that the Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant is being operated in a responsible manner. Likewise, we wish to assure members of the public  that industry best practices are being followed.


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



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