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#520735 - 01/07/17 12:56 AM Public meetings on offshore oil in SP and Caye Caulker  
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ATTN: San Pedro and Caye Caye Caulker!

The conversation continues! The Belize Coalition invites you to a public meeting to discuss updates as they relate to offshore oil exploration in Belize. We hope to see you there!

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#520775 - 01/10/17 07:20 AM Re: Public meetings on offshore oil in SP and Caye Caulker [Re: Marty]  
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VIDEO: San Pedro residents and Oceana Belize, joined hands together and voiced out their opinion against offshore oil exploration during a public meeting held in San Pedro Town.

#520776 - 01/10/17 08:26 AM Re: Public meetings on offshore oil in SP and Caye Caulker [Re: Marty]  
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Belize City excursion planned to attend GOB’s Marine Multibeam and Sea Seep Survey public consultation

The Government of Belize recently announced its intent to hold consultations in Belize City on January 18th and 25th on Marine Multibeam and Sea Seep Survey in Belizean water. In response, Oceana in Belize, along with Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage, hosted a public meeting in San Pedro Town on Monday, January 9th. During the gathering, island residents shared their thoughts on oil exploration, rejecting any intentions by the Government in pursuing that agenda. As a result, for a fee/donation, boats have been arranged to take people to the consultation on Wednesday, January 18th, leaving the San Pedro Municipal dock at 4PM.

The general public is asked to participate in this important event that could determine the future of the tourism industry on Ambergris Caye. Boats will also be leaving from Caye Caulker, and according to organizers the intention is to spread awareness to all Belizeans about the dangers of oil exploration in Belizean waters. At the same time, they intend to send a strong message to the Government that when it comes to offshore oil drilling, ‘no means no!’

For more information on the excursion to Belize City next week, contact Ruben Navidad at 610-4012.

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#520779 - 01/10/17 04:04 PM Re: Public meetings on offshore oil in SP and Caye Caulker [Re: Marty]  
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Word is the GOB has cancelled both the public consultations.

#520782 - 01/10/17 11:26 PM Re: Public meetings on offshore oil in SP and Caye Caulker [Re: Marty]  
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The Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum hereby informs the general public that the consultations on the Marine Multibeam and Sea Seep Survey, that were scheduled to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City on January 18 and 25, 2017, have been cancelled.


Multibeam Consultations Cancelled

At the end of December, we told you about the planned public consultations on the controversial marine multibeam and sea seep survey. They were to have taken place in January the 18th and 25th at the Radisson. Well, the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum announced quite abruptly today that those have been cancelled. No reason was given, no future dates given. Just cancelled. Story done.

But we do know that the government release came three hours after a strongly worded statement from The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage. They called on the Ministries of Tourism, Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, and the Belize Tourism Board to publicly declare their position on offshore oil exploration. And the coalition also bashed the planned consultations, saying, quote, "The Coalition expresses great concern over the legitimacy of these "consultations" as it is unclear how public input will be utilized; whether survey ships have already been scheduled to enter Belizean waters and how two meetings in Belize City at night suffices as consultations for an issue of national importance." End quote.

Like magic, three hours later, hose consultations were cancelled. But, the Coalition didn't hang up their gloves there; they got in the ring for round two!

They wrote to the Petroleum Ministry's CEO Sharman Hyde, asking, quote, "We kindly request clarification as to whether it is only the public consultations that have been cancelled or the intended multibeam survey has been permanently cancelled as well."

That letter came late in the evening, so we'll see what the ministry says, if anything.

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