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Do you think the V.I. government should litigate the HOVENSA disagreement or try to reach a compromise? Or do you have an alternative plan? Send an email to Daily News Executive Editor Gerry Yandel at and tell us what action you prefer.

I hope everyone on these boards will take the time to do so. Our Senators need a wake-up call!

Topic starter Posted : August 24, 2013 3:24 pm

Of course they should reach a compromise. Fighting is going to cost millions of wasted dollars as at least one elected senator has most sensibly pointed out. Fighting is a "no win" for VI residents.

Posted : August 24, 2013 5:46 pm

By fighting it the only ones that win is the lawyers! Shakespeare was right, "kill all the lawyers"

Posted : August 24, 2013 11:23 pm

and some people who called the radio talk show actually think our local lawyers are qualified to fight this without any expert advise from lawyers who actually do fight the big ones

seems either way it is a loosing situation

Posted : August 25, 2013 10:51 am
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The decision to finance the litigation was deferred into a committee, which seems to indicate a loss of enthusiasm for battle. The Senators don't like being pushed around by a big company and they expressed their honest dislike by voting no. I think the no vote symbolized anger and disappointment and that a compromise will grudgingly be reached later.


Posted : August 25, 2013 11:28 am
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If the lawmakers for the territory are as naive as they appear, deciding to pursue litigation is suicide for the "PEOPLE" of the Virgin Islands. The "Oil Society" have been at this game a VERY long time! They go into this exercise knowing when they come out, their on top!! There are law firms that specialize in refinery related litigation, but the lawmakers will NEVER retain a true "Tier One" firm as all are on retainer by the oil boys or their lobbyist. The VI will hire a third or fourth level firm..someone will be glad to take their money! Maybe one of Gov's weekend buddies.....YA THINK!! I mean really......a STT firm to fight all of the "Oil Society"?? JD will be long gone but his retirement will be secure way into the future. "Tier One" lawyers do not live in the VI to practice law! Additionally, do not be as naive as the Senator's in thinking the judge will ever rule in their favor, yes, they may win a skirmish here or there, but by the time the war has ended, no one will remember what the fight was about or who participated! Some will not even be alive! Lot's of ways to buy verdicts over the years......LOT'S!!! Just about the time someone thinks they have an we go again....another 3,5...10 years! Churn and Burn.... The "Oil Society" has many billions of dollars just for this cause and it is not their first rodeo like the VI Senators.....Hundreds of BILLIONS!! Think about it.......there is absolutely ZERO chance of the VI getting any satisfaction thru the courts.....ZERO! The "Legal Society" wants you to think so........

My thought......If the Legislature had to be liable for the final verdict or had to risk a payment bond to insure verdict would they pull that trigger? Maybe "Chucky" could give a BBQ to raise the funds for the bond!!!!! Tell her to risk her own BBQ money......

The legislature is about to get "taking to the woodshed" from Hovensa if they keep acting like they have leverage....but then we are not dealing with intellect's here, we have a bunch of riverboat gamblers!

Posted : August 25, 2013 11:36 am

Precisely vasecs! Hovensa can't lose not matter what the outcome. The GVI however, is already losing big time and will continue to bleed.

Just wait until there is no more storage for jet fuel.

Those 11 senators better get the vaseline out cuz Hovensa is gonna put it where the sun don't shine.

Posted : August 26, 2013 12:04 pm
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