The intervention of Monica Lopez Baltodano, Nicaraguan environmental lawyer, said it was “a shame” that no government will submit to the televised debate and said that’s the way the authorities act without sharing information. Lopez said Baltodano has developed more than 18 forums to disseminate information and clarification on the canal, but neither the government nor HKND have been presented, but have been invited. The Nicaraguan lawyer said no details of how the project or completed studies will, but work has started without any of the most important elements placed on the table.
The company HKND just sent a note to the program of Al Jazeera, where spokesman Bernard Lee, said the company “has been working in a friendly way with most people living in the Canal route… We believe that the construction and Channel project implementation will help improve their living standards by offering leather watch bands, better health care, among others.”
Katherine Hoyt national coordinator of the “Alliance for Global Justice” and one of the panelists emphasized that information does exist, but that has not submitted all, and that should take into account that studies the magnitude of this project take time. Although, stressed the importance among companies that carry out the studies for the work, the British company Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is and believes that HKND is working for the channel.
Given this, Barahona said that if one assumes that there is sufficient information, questioned the reason for the marches against the work, militarization in the area of protests and crackdown on protesters. Hoyt said that there has been tan leather watch bands, but has also been, in part, by peasants who argue against the channel. Lopez explained that there is concern about pollution of Lake Nicaragua and the Government and HKND not care what happens to this body of water to the canal.