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Aug 8, 2013

US Capital Energy says it’s obeying regulations and laws

U.S. Capital Energy has been awarded a contract to explore for oil in the Sarstoon Temash National Park. For several years, the co-manager of the park, The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM), had gone to the courts, but their actions had only delayed the oil company. SATIIM is no longer the co-manager of the National Park but continues to serve in its function as park manager. US Capital Energy had noted SATIIM’s appearance on radio and talk shows, and its spokesperson Niall Gillett told News Five that the oil company has done nothing wrong and has complied with every government request and regulation for the past six years.

 

Niall Gillett, Spokesperson, U.S. Capital Energy

“The company has been giving a contract. It is officially contracted by the government of Belize to explore for oil in this particular area. The company notes issues being brought up by several N.G.O.s down south and just want to clarify that one; the company is in full compliance with all regulations. From the Department of Environment, from the Ministry of Forestry; from even the Public Works Department down south; it has met every single requirement and every single obligation. Two; it wants to ensure the public that all these issues which are being brought up are purely legal issues that can be done through the government of Belize; it cannot be done through the company. The company has no say as the contractor what the legal rights of any particular group of people are. And three, it wants to emphasize that it has enjoyed and it continues to enjoy a strong relationship with all the people in the Toledo District—not just the Mayan communities, but also the East Indian Communities, the Creole Communities, the Garifuna communities, etcetera.”

 

Jose Sanchez

Niall Gillett

“The prospects for oil so far, what does it look like? What has U.S. Capital found if anything?”

 

Niall Gillett

“Speaking on the issue of development, the company is still making progress. It has built its road to the roadside. It is now building the pad where the drill rig will sit and maybe this is why some of the organizations are getting kinda antsy. But the company has not yet struck oil and one of the things the company feels is man it’s been six years going on seven years that it has been here and it has hung in there and it is really trying to just drill this twelve by twelve hole and see if it can find oil. Various organizations say that they are not against development, but I believe that they are very much so anti-development in their actions—refusing to speak to the company directly; refusing to participate in the things the government has asked it to do and instead taking a particular route where they want to oppose everything…not only oil exploration, but previously they opposed the road to Jalacte. And many of other things that come that wants to bring life and energy to the long lost and forgotten Toledo District are put in a backburner due to the actions of these organizations.”

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