Its been more than 15 days. Has anyone heard any news about the "assessment team from the Department of Defense"?
From VI Consortium March 5th-
“While I will not be able to speak this morning in great detail, I would like to alert the people of the Virgin Islands that in my meetings with President Obama and the governors, and we set this information up prior to our arrival to make sure that this conversation could take place, we believe that the HOVENSA property, particularly its docking and storage facilities, which sit on land that are leased by the Government of the Virgin Islands to HESS Oil, have significant Department of Defense value, and we made a presentation to the Obama administration on how this value can be used in the territory,” Mapp explained.
The governor said the Obama administration took interest in the presentation and officials invited him back to the White House to further discuss the plans.
“The president did acknowledge our invitation and asked me to standby after our meeting with the governor’s office — they wanted to have a conversation with me, [so] I was brought back to the White House the following day at noon to meet with two of the president’s senior advisors, and participated in a conference call with members of the Department of Defense,” Mapp said.
He continued: “And I will say to you that I can’t make any assurances to the people of the Virgin Islands what the tenor and the depth of those conversations were, but I can say to you that in about fifteen days there will be a full assessment team from the Department of Defense on St. Croix, doing a complete assessment of the property.”
In ABOUT 15 days. Remember, you heard that from a politician.
Don't hold your breath.
Mapp + VI Consortium + mammoth block of salt = remote possibility of accurate news.
Not to mention that the DOD is not going to close Guantanamo Navy base, and the Hovensa property is still privately owned. Nothing is going to happen with the Hovensa facility as far as the military is concerned.
And if the DOD wanted to use the facility for direct fueling, they would have been doing it years ago or used the bunkering facilities that were built into the containerport when it was constructed.
Using the Hovensa facility as a DoD base is fantasy.
Flying home last week, crossing the east end of PR, the location of the previous naval base is still visible and show it is clearly better situated.