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Nov 10, 2011

APAMO wants transparency and accountability

The recent revelation of seismic drilling in the south is stirring up resentment among environmentalists. The Association of Protected Areas Management Organization, APAMO, also a member of the umbrella group Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage, has issued a press release on oil exploration in the Sarstoon Temash National Park.  In Wednesday’s newscast Executive Director Greg Ch’oc, on behalf of the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, implored government to come clean with information regarding seismic testing being conducted in the area by U.S. Capital Energy.  APAMO, like SATIIM and the coalition, similarly requests transparency and accountability about new permits issued for geophysical exploration within the park.  The release says that, “it is unacceptable that indigenous communities have been prevented from extracting resources from national parks and made to follow the law while powerful companies are given unilateral permission to explore for oil in the same area without proper consideration for the environment, the indigenous communities and their culture.”  APAMO also reaffirms its objection to oil exploration and drilling offshore as well as within protected areas.  According to Ch’oc vegetation has been cleared in Sunday Wood Village for two seismic lines to be followed by another in the area of Crique Sarco.

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