Group Title: Olasee Davis articles
Title: Furor over the environment (May 21, 1990)
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Title: Furor over the environment (May 21, 1990)
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: May 21, 1990
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The Daily News, Monday, May 21, 1990

Furor over the environment

Ofasee Davis is a former USDA
dsuit supevsor n the Vrgin Is-
lands for Agricultural Stab teon
and Consevatlon Servce.
It was back in 1984 or 1985 that
an outside developer tried to pur-
chase Fountain Valley on St. oix,
which was rally 17 estates includ-
ing such estates as Sweet Bottom,
Annaly, Mount Stewart, Ross Hill
and so on. It was some four thou-
sand acrs of primarily gricultural
land including forest lands, steep
slope mountains, rich file soils,
Good plains and beach fronts. This
area was also known for slave re
vols, which made the area sent
mental to irgin Islanders beside the
natural beauty of the land.
Today, this area is owned by
Carambola Beach Resot Real Es-
tate Sales Some people then and
now believe that the Virgin Islands
government and some of our sen-
ators sold their birthrights when
Fountain Valley was purchased by
an outside developer. During that
time, many Virgin slanders and
Cotintals alike became very con-
cened about the environmental im-
pact Fountin Vlley development
mig have on the environment. In
19, St Croix Environmental As-
sociatio was born which pew out
of a few concerned dtizens for the
environment to over 1,000-member
Thus, the environment has cre
ated an ongoing furor between
developmentalists, industrialists,
and environmealists, with still the
majority of the people of the Virgi
Islands bewildered by sound and
fury signifying little or nothing n
their eyes.

The environment came into fo-
cus when former President Ronald
Reagan's Secretary of Interior
James Watt inspired the wrath of n-
vironmentaltms plas to in-
dustrialize e very dswe had
been appointed to watch over. Self-
appointed environmental watchdog
groups have sprouted up since the
70s, annoying industries ad the
law alike with outrageous and occa
sionally illegal efforts to protect the
land from destrction.
Greenpeace to the action has be-
come known as the"Amnesty Inter-
national" of the environment, cas-
ing large whaling tankers in rubber
dinghy and spayng pure white
baby sales with a harmless dye to
prevent fur traders from clubbing
them to death.
th First, a relative newcomer
to the environmental scend as cre-
ated in honor ofthe late Edward Ab
bey's novel, "The Monkey
Wrench," which inspired them tot-
hrow a monkey wrench into the
works of man's so-called progress.
Abbey who referred to the Earth
First movement as horses died
and was buried illegally in the dce
at outside of Tucson about three
years ago.
Last year, Earth First came under
criticism for sabotaging the logging
industry on the mainland by "spik-

fog trees," a dangerous and poten-
tially deadly booby trp. Some
members of Earth First hammed
long nails until they were deeply
embedded in the m tunk. When
a nail was struck by a saw blade,
te nail splinters and sends aerial
spikes fying. The saw bla was of-
ten broken and a potentially dner-
ous loss of control may result.
And so it goes, an omnipesent
battle of the wits between ecology
and economy, with no definitive
rules or prizs. The ongoing efft
to preserve b world is, or themot
part nonviolent and uneventl,
with a few exceptions ocasioMly
sutking the headlines.
For te average ctie recy.cng
has been hailed as the first logical
step in the resurrection of the earths
resource power. Its popularity
peaked in the 7s, booyed by env
om entalists and the rising cost of
raw materials. Today tires are co-
veaed into energy in Californa
plants, plastic containers are sapd
into jnge gym equipment and al-
minum and paper have enjoyed
multiple rebths through recycling
The most succesMl recying
campaign belongs to Reynolds Au-
minum, one of the first companies
to take the idea to the general pub-
li. In addition to the Reynolds pro-
gram, joint recycling programs am
in the works from other industrial
InudigDo Pont, Dow,
AmLcoOobil and Occidental.
ob and Gepak, a food pack-
aging manufacturer in les, N.Y.
also have joined forces to attack th
asi threat. the two companies
hve designed te first ecypig
nlant In the United States able to

transform fast-food containers into
pea&ad pellets. These pelets will
retum the pubic as wall inasua-
tion and industrial packaging.
1b my knowledge, there is no Bo-
cycling plant in the VIgin Wlands
- g ing parog
was iastietionlised on St. CnOix
before Hurricane Hugo deathly
Mowed to tese Mnds. However,
such companies as Hess 01 Refion
cy ad Vialco should get involved
n e recycling business since they
ldded pollution to our eaviron t.
Recycling is simply a good business

pp mtely 20 cents less per
pound than newly manufactured

*ani bn& o p
Syou wish to begin a recycling
r a lis of turwn, ep the w fl-
Bw4ng tips in min a
Aluminum, paper and glass are
die most common household recy-
btt die average is 10 to 15 cents per
Contact the recycling center
you plan to use beforehand and ask
hr a list of materials they will ac-
SSeparat the materials you wish
to recycle, glass and aluminum.
Bagyour materials in large gar-
bag ig instead of sacks,

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