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Nov 1, 2012

APAMO outlines more holes in the U.S. Capital EIA

Edilberto Romero

The three hundred page document known as the U.S. Capital Energy’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was not easily digested by the Mayan villagers in Toledo. A language barrier and the technical nature of the EIA made it close to impossible for the villagers. It was, however, thoroughly reviewed by Edilberto Romero, executive director of Program for Belize and Chairman of the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO).  Romero told News Five that there are many serious flaws in the EIA and many have not been addressed.

 

Edilberto Romero, Chairman, APAMO

“They talk about blowout prevention mechanism but they don’t provide anything details of that. They don’t provide any details of the design of the well, the integrity of the well, the expected pressures that they will meet. They don’t provide anything about that; the blowout prevention rates that they are going to use. So there is no way you can evaluate whether those things are adequate. We all know that in the Gulf of Mexico in that oil spill; it is those blowout mechanism that failed. So not providing the details for what you are going to use for these oils that you are going to drill is a huge flaw in the document. And we can talk about roads; they don’t provide enough information about roads going to the drill site that is at the sphagnum mass. Are they talking about dredging of the Temash River to drill site A, yet they don’t provide any details of the impacts. And I can go on and on and on. There are many flaws, many shortcomings of the document. So in our view it is incomplete. So even if they would consider an EIA for drilling in the Sarstoon Temash National Park, it should be made complete and the Department of the Environment has the obligation to send back the EIA and tell them to complete the EIA; complete those information; provide us details so that a proper evaluation can be done of the EIA of the project and the communities can have a better way of analyzing the impacts of this project. You have to bear in mind that these drilling sites are very close to the Temash River—it is only two hundred meters from the Temash River. The Temash River is a very important resource for communities out there. And so any oil spill or seepage could impact the water of the communities. We remember the Chalillo Dam where the developers were saying oh mercury is not a problem. Well now it is a problem because the fish is contaminated and those communities around the dam cannot consume fish. It’s a huge impact on the communities there. It is similar to the Temash River and we are talking about that it can be contaminated from any accident. So those things should be looked at; worst case scenarios should be looked at and it should be adequately addressed. The EIA says that in the case of an oil spill, they will put together a management plan; yet they don’t present details of that management plan. So how comfortable can the communities be there that that is a good management plan?”

 

US Capital Energy has said that the company respects the Maya communal land rights and that the fight is between the southern communities and the government.

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3 Responses for “APAMO outlines more holes in the U.S. Capital EIA”

  1. Belizean says:

    A lot of nonesense talking here!!!!!!! If they would give these organizations all those lists of spec sheets and data, they would get crazy, wouldnt even understand one THING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!! This APAMO garbage is trying to scare people about NOTHING AND NOTHING AGAIN!!! They should find a different way of getting attention!

  2. cayobway says:

    @ belizean, never agree to anything unless you read the fine print, as belizean we tend to fall for all the bs that is placed before us without paying close attention to what we have to give up or destroy. I do agree this drilling may seem like a good idea, and maybe cronies like you will get a share from your party official, but, we need to look at the long term effect i,f and when something does go wrong, I work for an oil company so I have insight to all the restrictions we have to adhere to in case something go wrong and according to mister Romero these are not clear to him , so how can it be clear to the common folks down south.

  3. Maya says:

    With big projects like this, details is very important. Reading to get informed is very hard to do and some pple ie belizean rather be ignorant to the facts. Giving away precious resources for a shilling noh worth it. If they don’t say how exactly how the road is going to be, guess wat my uneducated belizean, they can go through whatever they feel like. why? because the contract does not say you can’t chop down all these trees or destroy the riva!!!! A Contract is a legally binding agreement which is why all aspects of the project and the concerns of the pple needs be addressed. I know common sense noh common anymore but use your resources and research the damage that can be done. People already struggling in BZ why not ensure we don’t struggle lot more. PM don’t give a damn he too occupied with his extratia madar@$$ for the thievin guats.

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