News for Tuesday May 31, 2016

MNT excited about new discovery

PetrogylphThe Montserrat National Trust says it is very excited about the discovery of petroglyphs markings on Montserrat.

The markings, believed to be made by Amerindians, the first known people of Montserrat, were found by Shirley Osborne and Vaughn Barzey during a hike in Soldier Ghaut earlier this year.

President of the National Trust Sarita Francis says a number of archeologists, including the curator for the Antigua National Parks and Museum Dr. Reg Murphy have confirmed that the markings are authentic, and were made more 12 hundred years ago.

Geothermal Forum opens doors to funding opportunities

A Civil Engineer within the Public Works Department says his recent his participation in a regional geothermal forum has exposed him to the funding sources that Montserrat can tap into.
Felix Persaud said the meeting opened his eyes to the various opportunities for collaboration with other OECS and CARICOM member states.
Seven out of the ten member states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States are pursuing geothermal production.
Persaud said as a result, Montserrat will be able to create synergies, and gain access to resources and technical expertise.

MVO Director says the drilling of the third geothermal well is safe

Rod StewartThe lead scientist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory has explained that the drilling of the third geothermal exploration well is safe.

Rod Stewart, who heads the volcano monitoring facility says with drilling expected to start in August there are no concerns on its effects on the volcano.

He says models suggest that the drilling would tap the hottest water 0.9 kilometers below the surface.