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Mar 8, 2011

Should licenses for oil exploration be allowed in protected areas?

Tonight’s question is: Should government continue to grant licenses for oil exploration or drilling in any protected area or national park? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at You can also send an email with your comments to

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9 Responses for “Should licenses for oil exploration be allowed in protected areas?”

  1. Lucas says:

    I think the question should be: Should we hold govt. responsible in making sure that drilling be done in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner?. Guatemala and Mexico have cheeper fuel than us because they are not only drilling but have a refinery. The cook, without the need of a degree in economics, can tell us that it make no sense selling cheep and then buy the same product at a more expensive price. I firmly beleive that we should drill but at the same time hold govt. ACCOUNTABLE. It is good for the country when it’s govt. fears the people but it is bad for the country when the people fear the govt.

  2. Earl Grey says:


  3. top dog says:

    Oil is money all you jerks

  4. Earl Grey says:

    top dog………… Oil is money…………….BUT FOR WHOM????????????????


    It is a ridiculous idea for government to continue to grant licenses for oil exploration or drilling in any protected area or national parks in Belize. The purpose of a protected area is to safeguard specific natural and cultural values and to preserve areas. Drilling is also a form of abuse and destruction of our heritage and should not be allowed for drillers.

    The GOB has more respect for greed compared to the respect in his heart concerning heritage.

  6. Snow Princess says:

    All that this will do is make certain people in “goverment” wealthier. you know they will sell off permits to the highest bidder, those usually being foreigners… Belize is in a downward spiral, there is no saving it with all these corrupt people in government, whether it be UDP or PUP, they are both the same, pocket savers… pocket savers for themselves that is, put all the money they get from Belizean people into their own bank accounts. We need honest people to govern Belize, not just empty promises

  7. kikaC says:

    I would say that the government would and should give incense to the company coming to do the oil drilling the area because the people in the Toledo says that this a forgotten country and with opportunities like these why not well come it. The problem though we can allow it if the refinery is to be here. other wise it is a waste. If the gov’t does not give lincenses who know where the Guatemalans are getting their oil? experts are experts that is why they are continuing to claim portion of Toledo. Modern world is changing the people and we must adopt to those changes such as the law and therefore Heritage is what keep Toledo for an excuse to welcome oil drilling. let it be an utilitarian Approach ” principles that states that an action is right only when it produces the greatest satisfaction/good for the greatest number of people” Gov’t should allow the oil drilling in national park.

  8. A.E.C says:

    You have a point Kika, but let’s not make false hopes..if everything was to happen as you stated..what a success it will be..but reality is we as belizeans don’t benefit in any way..government is just trying to open doors for them…& it is now clear they give a damn bou our portected ares! protected areas are the treasures of belize..without them our country will be worth nothing…that’s why we as citizens should stand up for our treasures…& not let dis eager bastards destroy it just for the pleasure of increasing the millions on their bank accounts!

  9. Indy says:

    I was talking to a Senior Officer at The Nature Conservancy in Washington DC last week about this same issue. It is dilemma than many developing countries are facing, “Economic Development”. So yes we will destroy our precious environment but how do we bring economic development to country without using our natural resources. Economic Development comes by using our resources.
    The “Northern” organizations tell us we must not do this and that but they don’t really tell us how we must go bring about Economic development to our much need country. I believe that nature and people must coexist and live in a symbiotic relationship. Having said that we must make concrete studies and to see how we can make the least damage to our environment so we can live peacefully and a healthy life with nature. There should be a give and take in this. Unless we can copy Costa Rica way of development which is Environmental Economics. One of which is Northern countries pay us developing countries to protect nature for the rest of the world ( tricky can we make a living out of this?).
    The key in all this is transparency. Because black gold can turn into “Dutch disease”.

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