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Debbie Offline OP
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Well my fellow Belize lovers.... I read an article this morning, (and damned if I could figure out how to get it on this board)about the Chillilo dam. It was most distressing. Apparently, there has been an appeal for the go ahead on this dam on the Macal River. There have been some laws broken, and it's holding it up... BUT the fact is, the roads were cleared to the damn site even before the approval!!! (This article had pictures of bulldozers with front loaders full of tropical plants. I wish I could figure out how to get this article on here.) Anyway. There will be letters and petitions taken to the appeal on March 1st. If you're interested, go to this site and make your opinion known.
We all love Belize. Let's help her out here.

Marty!! Can you help me get this article on here?????

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February 27, 2002
Newfoundland company urged to cancel Belize dam

This Friday, Newfoundland activist Greg Malone will present
Fortis Inc. with 30,000 signed petitions from around the world
protesting the company's proposed dam in the rainforest of
Belize, Central America.

Malone will present the petitions at a press conference on
Friday, March 1, 2002, at 11:00 am, at the Fairmont
Newfoundland Hotel, in St. John's, on behalf of a coalition
of Belizean environmental groups (BACONGO) and the
Washington-based Natural Resources Defense Council.

Newfoundlanders are among those urging Fortis to cancel its
proposed dam in Belize, adding their signatures to the
international Stop Fortis campaign at <>.

"We know how Fortis operates. We fought its takeover
of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and just look
what Quebec got from the Upper Churchill," says Malone.

Fortis President and CEO, Stanley Marshall, has been invited
to accept the petitions on Friday and respond to public
concerns about his company's plans to dam Belize's Macal
River Valley.

"Fortis intends to make obscene profits on the backs of
the people of Belize," says Sharon Matola, a BACONGO
member and leader in the fight to stop the Chalillo dam. "We
already pay Fortis three times what Canadians pay for
their electricity."

Fortis owns Belize's electric utility and expects to charge
Belizeans $800 million over the next 50 years for the
combined output from the Chalillo dam and an existing hydro
facility further downstream.

BACONGO has filed a lawsuit against the Belize government
for granting a conditional clearance to Fortis for the dam's
construction before completing its environmental review. A
preliminary hearing will be held in Belize City on Thursday,
February 28.

Groups in Belize and Canada also charge that the dam's
environmental assessment, paid for by the Canadian
International Development Agency, contains major errors
and omissions.


For more information CONTACT:

Greg Malone, St. John's, Newfoundland
Tel. (709) 722-7775
[email protected]

Gráinne Ryder, Policy Director,
Probe International, Toronto
Tel. (416) 964-9223 ext. 228
[email protected]

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thank you both. i have added my name to the petition.

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Debbie Offline OP
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Thank you ckocian!!!! That wasn't the article that I referred to but it had almost the exact same information. The one I read had some good pictures attached, that really made your heart ache. Also talked about how the only known nesting ground for scarlett macaws will be flooded....... How tragic!!! This bird was highly regarded by the ancient Mayans. Shame!!
And thank you Sweetjane for your support! Anyone else???

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I signed the petition and had it also sent to about 10 other people through the site.
I also posted Debbie's note on the Bill-in Tulsa Board and the Playa del Carmen Board.
Hopefully some of these people also care about Belize and sign. These boards are busy and lots of people will see the post.

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Debbie, email me at [email protected] anytime you need some help posting something....

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People like the owners of Fortis do not respond to moral suasion...only to threats of economic ruination, like litigation and lowering their stock price.
Hence, we should all search our portfolios and DUMP any Fortis stock we might hold.
All my savings are in socially responsible mutual funds (Citizens Index) and I am going to search their prospectus and see if Fortis is by any chance there, and if it is, I will ask them to divest.
If you have any Fortis, DUMP it, and let Fortis know why you are dumping it.
The boycott is one of the most effective weapons that We The People can wield. Remember Rosa Parks and the bus boycott?
Maybe we can start a worldwide movement to DUMP FORTIS STOCK and make them hurt in the only part of their bodies (wallet) that is capable of feeling pain.

Susan Guberman-Garcia, Attorney at Law. Phone: 510-792-2639
Fax/Voicemail:: 510-405-2016 Email: [email protected]
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Going after Fortis is a good start.

Be aware, however, that it is the government of Belize that has the real power to stop this project.

If they really cared about the rainforest as they claim in their ectourism leaflets they would STOP FORTIS.

It's up to you out there.....pressure Fortis AND the Government of Belize and you'll STOP FORTIS.

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Some of you may remember Captain Nicolas Sanchez of tour guide fame in Belize City? He is in Toronto these days and communing with the StopFortis group. It is he who has provided some of the recent information I've gotten about the efforts in Canada.

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Thanks Deb.... I went this morning and signed the petition.

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