20 T1e D*ey New, Frday, May29,1998
Krause Lagoon would have served better as a fishery hatchery
ln't it ironic that the Iess Oil ly feel the whole agreement between sand and mangrove wilderness one of the best intact estuary in the
extension came up during the 150 the Virgin Islands government and of such ecoologic value and nostalgic Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.
years of emancipation celebration. It Ress Oil sUtted on the wrong foot. beauty that it could take your breath An estuary is generally defined
was in 1848 when the slaves The old folks have a saying When O ee Davis away. Here in te evening when the as a semi-oenclosed coastal body of
demanded their freedom, you start off on the wrong foot, you Our cramesax and mullet were jumping, water that is connected to the open
We all know what took place on end up on the wrong foot." t when the clapper rails and willets sea, into which freshwater flows
the Senate floor last week. The Fist of all, there were no inputs filled the rosy sky with their aunt- from upland drainage." Surrounding
majority of our senators decided to on the agreement by our Senators ing cries, when a long line of ducks streams once drained into the water-
say yes to the joint venture between and more importantly by the people swooned in for their late drink of way of the lagoon making it rich in
Hess Oil Refinery, the Venezuela of these islands. There are many plantation era, lands around the e gr ay and verywhereit panda in my opinion, life
state-owned oil company and the isso canfoceson~butlwilifocs around it seemed great gray and white and In my opinion, the Krause
government of theseisands. on the history of the Krus Lagoon land was convarta d into agr brown katloo cab were appearing Lagoon would have served the peo-
You know what? Some of these where Hess Oil is located and the land. from their boles to feed, and in early pie of the Virgin islands particularly
Senators are decendents of slaves potential covinoomental impact Hess The Krause Lagoon was the bat was caught in mid-air by a lone on St. Croix better as a fishery
and some are noL If the Senalors had Oil has on the ai im largest m rvefos habitat it and deadly pigon hawk-in one of hatchery where marine animals such
negotiated tirelessly with Hess and Prior to Euopean settlement n the Virgin Islands covering some nature's most dramatic exhibition- as conch, oysters, kalaloo crabs,
the spirit of our ancestors, they St. Croix, the Krause Lagoon was t was also largest nat youjust knew and felt that this place ams, loberes and other marine life
would have probably received the covered with native vegetation par- ural fishery habitat in the Virgin was something very special, for did would bring in millions of dollars to
best possible benefits for us. I testi- ticularly the thick stands of man- Islands. The Lagoon had an abun- n Isla mingo knownme in the our local economy. This mfish indus-
fled at the public hearings on the grove forest which served to filter danceofwildlife. Aig what h n we m it fere? hto thId hve ei en torn compa pll-
joint venture issue of Hess. I am not and deanse runoff waters before it The late corge A. Seaman, a And what hav w wamed it fort e o environment han a ollu
against the joint venture, but I finely reached the ocean. This area was native naturalist sd, "Pessimism? Must I tell you No folks. I i too la industrial complex.
believe thad the Senators should have also a major waterway and hunting Yes. You know I tell my friends that sad atory to reeat." Next week's column will focus
rejected the agreement and go back ground for ndia that oce inhabit- I am not alone bing a pessimist, no In the early 1960s, the Krause on the impact of Hess Oil on the
to the negotiating table and get a bet- ed the island. that I am unhappy being a pessimist. Lagoon was nominated as a Krause Lagoon environment and
ter deal for the people of these In fact, history has it that the enjoy bengapessimis.sanybody "Wildlife Refuge." But later one of publichealth.
islands. Indians sailed their canoes through here optimistic about bringing back our misguided political leaders This article reflects the view of
However, I do believe if the po- this waterway of the Krause Lagoon Krause goon to S. Cix.Doyou decided to turn this watry Garden Olasee Di, a St Croix ecologis,
pie worked together in unity as in to Salt River Bay. It was the French know what Krause Lagoon was? Lt of Eden into an industrial complex. activist and writer who has a master
the 1848 emancipation, we would that mentioned in 1651 that the St. me tell you: our only Everglade. A Today, Hess Oil Refinery and the St. of science degree in range manage-
have gotten a better deal. I personal- Croix had three rivers. During the Croix Alumina stand on what was met andforestry ecology.