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Jan 8, 2018

P.M. Says Rene Montero Not Covering for Tiger Aggregates or Belize Roadway Construction

Dean Barrow

Following the House meeting, Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources Dean Barrow appeared willing to lay all the blame on Tiger Aggregates. While he was not completely clear on the question, he insisted on two things: one, that there could be no arrangement between Belize Roadway Construction and the Works Minister and Cayo Central rep, and two, that Tiger Aggregates appeared to be at fault for not obtaining the proper licenses.



“The minister says no mining license was required, but one was in fact required as we’ve confirmed with officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources.”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“You are talking about what the minister said in the house?”



“That, and the fact that it’s been alleged that he is very closely linked, although there hasn’t been anything to prove much but in relation to BRC, there are a lot of procedures that were not followed at questionable matter.”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“No, no, no, man. Look, look, that I absolutely reject. Don’t bring to me any argument that Montero is somehow involved in Tiger Aggregates.”



“But a mining license was required.”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Not from him, ma’am. Listen, listen: if you’re talking about what he said today in the House, I can go back and check that; I wouldn’t be able to repeat his words verbatim. As far as I know a blasting license is issued annually by the police. It’s not a project specific license, you get an annual license. When you are working a quarry, you require a mining license from the Ministry of Natural Resources and when you get that mining license that would deal with the question of methodology of your quarrying. At that point, it has nothing to do with the Ministry of Works. If the Tiger Aggregates people did not follow the right procedure and did not get the mining license from the Ministry of Natural Resources then that is something that clearly was wrong and needs to be looked at.”

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