Nassau, Bahamas (PressExposure) September 03, 2008 -- An independent review of the Tiger Woods Albany Bahamas project EIA by international consulting firm Black & Veitch reveals that construction of the Tiger Woods Albany Bahamas project will have significant impacts on Nassau, Bahamas coastal resources and the marine environment.
The review states, "Construction of the project will have significant impacts on coastal resources" and "Construction and operation of the marina, jetties, and access channel and construction of other project components near the beach have the potential to cause adverse impacts to the marine environment."
According to the review, Black & Veatch International was contracted to review and support The Bahamasâ BEST Commission in conducting an objective evaluation of the Albany Bahamas Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submittals.
Black & Veatch's findings of the potentially significant environmental impacts of concern were summarized:
Groundwater Resources - Black & Veatch stated, "Potentially significant impacts to groundwater resources could arise from the application and management of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides particularly on the golf course, as well as from saltwater intrusion from construction of the marina."
Coastal Resources - Black & Veatch stated, "Construction of the project will have significant impacts on coastal resources." Black & Veatch cautioned, "if the proposed beach re-nourishment mitigation program is not continuously and sufficiently maintained and implemented, significant erosion of coastal resources will occur, potentially all the way back to the limestone ridge."
Black & Veach also advised that prohibiting development of the marina for the Tiger Woods Albany project would eliminate the potentially significant impacts to the environment on famous Adelaide Beach in Nassau, Bahamas.
Marine Resources - Black and Veatch stated, "Construction and operation of the marina, jetties, and access channel and construction of other project components near the beach have the potential to cause adverse impacts to the marine environment."
In reviewing the Environmental Impacts and Mitigation of the Albany EIA, Black & Veatch reports, "The project has the potential to affect the physical environment, biological communities and socioeconomic environment of New Providence Island."
The Albany Bahamas development is a joint venture between British billionaire Joe Lewis, pro golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, the US based Tavistock Group and Park Ridge Securities. Other principals of the company are Christopher Anand, Rhys Duggan, Terry White, Doug McMahon and Sesh Thakkar.
For more information on the Albany Bahamas project visit http://www.reearth.org and see the Albany section.