ST. CROIX - Senators on Tuesday reacted strongly to HOVENSA's threat to shut down the supply of gasoline to St. Croix in January unless the Legislature ratifies a proposed operating agreement with the prospective buyers of the refinery by mid-December.
Some lawmakers characterized HOVENSA as a "corporate bully," while others said they are taking the company's statement seriously.
Meanwhile, HOVENSA spokesman Alex Moorhead has begun reaching out to senators, "to make them aware of the plan for the shutdown of the facility and to explain to them the circumstances that have made this necessary and to answer any questions they may have about that," he said.
ST. CROIX - With four of its seven members present on Wednesday, the St. Croix District Board of Elections voted to grant the petition for three candidates requesting a recount of their votes from the Nov. 4 General Election.
Senators Diane Capehart and Alicia Hansen and Board of Elections candidate Epiphane Joseph petitioned the board for a recount, saying that they believe there were errors and inconsistencies in the methods used to tally the votes.
ST. CROIX - The public still can comment today and Wednesday on Tibbar Energy's request for a groundwater appropriation of 520,637 gallons per day through 22 wells around the island.
Tibbar plans to grow Giant King Grass and other varieties of grass around the island, harvest it, truck it to a planned biogas facility near the airport and convert it to energy to sell to the V.I. Water and Power Authority.
ST. THOMAS - Tempers flared as the Public Services Commission, during its regular meeting Thursday night, considered taking funds away from the V.I. Water and Power Authority.
WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. stormed out of the meeting when commissioners considered the consequences of taking away the source of funding for $16 million annually.
"If you abandon it, you are abandoning funds that are critical to the function of the utility," Hodge said after returning from several minutes of blowing off steam by shouting in the parking lot outside of the Public Services Commission office at Barbel Plaza on St. Thomas.
ST. THOMAS - Some of the candidates of the 2014 General Election are demanding a recount and, in some cases, a new election.
Both the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix Boards of Elections are meeting this morning to discuss the implications of several petitions filed this week in both districts for recounts, a new election and an investigation into the Nov. 4 election.
St. Croix's district board is expected to meet at 9:30 a.m. today, and the St. Thomas-St. John District board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. today.
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections had a completely different response than its St. Croix counterparts to calls for a recount of the district's General Election results and denied a half-dozen candidates' requests submitted earlier this week for a recount and a new election.
Board members convened Wednesday morning and discussed the matter with V.I. Elections System Supervisor Caroline Fawkes, who phoned in to the emergency meeting.