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Coalition Writes Prime Minister on Seismic Testing

In advance of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage wrote to Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Monday seeking clarifications and statements on several issues. The [...]

Environmentalists Still Waiting on Cabinet Response

Cabinet met on Tuesday and as we reported, the matter of the seismic testing in Belize’s waters, which many fear is the first step to exploring for oil in our [...]

Prime Minister Previously Showed Support for Oil Moratorium, Referendum

Today, the environmentalists also showed us a video package of separate interviews granted to the media in February of 2012 and May of 2015, in which no less than Prime [...]

Will Prime Minister Stick to His Word?

The Prime Minister’s statements do not appear to be contradictory. Indeed, they are clear pronunciations on the issue, despite attempts to prevaricate on the referendum issue. So, is the Government [...]

Godwin Hulse Says Seismic Testing Storm is “Huffing and Puffing”

Cabinet was expected to discuss the aborted plans for seismic testing in the deepest of Belize’s waters today. Last week, hastily whipped up public outcry forced Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia [...]

Environmentalists Defend Position After Seismic Survey Company Speaks Out

Since raising the alarm on a pair of offshore studies, including a proposed seismic survey, the local environmental community has been frank in objecting to government’s approval of such maritime [...]

Audubon Society Maintains E.I.A. Needed for Seismic Survey

Notwithstanding assurances that the survey would not be conducted within areas of the Caribbean Sea, including atolls and lagoons, the Belize Audubon Society maintains that it requires an Environmental Impact [...]

Seismic Testing Stopped Following Public Outcry

People’s power – that’s what moved government into action today. For days, environmentalists and other stakeholders have been on high alert. G.O.B. had given the green light for offshore seismic [...]

Coalition of Environmentalists Claims Victory

This evening members of the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage held a celebratory press briefing at the Audubon Society’s headquarters. The representatives of the Belize Tourism Industry Association; [...]

Next Step is Firming Up Moratorium and Moving Toward Petroleum Ban

The surveys being conducted before the suspension was announced involved two separate methodologies: multi-beam and seep sea surveys. It is the latter that has the environmental community up in arms [...]

Community Will Monitor Ship Involved in Seismic Testing

The local fishing and tourism community is keeping an eye on the ship involved in the survey. While it is not clear where it will be berthing tonight, the World [...]

Seismic Testing Will Hurt Status of Barrier Reef as World Heritage Site

Earlier in the newscast, we heard about G.O.B.’s proposed seismic testing that has been put on hold following the tourism industry and conservation community’s uproar.  On Wednesday, the Coalition told [...]

Environmental Organizations Continue to Sound Alarm on Seismic Testing

Seismic testing in offshore Belize starts on Thursday. On Tuesday night you heard Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria say that the testing is a part of a regional initiative. The [...]

Court Action a Possibility to Stop Testing

But with all the back and forth between D.O.E. and the marine conservation community, seismic testing is a done deal. It is scheduled to start on Thursday. But, not so [...]

Department of Environment Clarifies Seismic Testing in Belizean Waters

For the past two weeks, we have been telling you about the proposed multi- beam and seismic testing that will be taking place in Belize’s offshore. Last week, G.O.B. issued [...]

Testing Methodology Will Not Affect Marine Environment

Chief Environmental Officer Alegria gave a little bit of details about the methodology being employed. He explained that it is an acceptable form used across the world. Alegria said it [...]

Attorney Sharon Pitts also a beneficiary in Haulover land deal

In part one of the story of the scandalous land deal at Mile Five on the Philip Goldson Highway, we reported that Andre Vega, the son of the former Deputy [...]

Minister’s son got big money for prime land at Haulover

Among the demands of good governance that the B.N.T.U. is agitating for involves the fight against corruption in government. Back in October 2013, Prime Minister Dean Barrow publicly admitted that [...]

Youth drowns in creek in Belmopan

A nineteen-year-old student lost his life on Sunday when he drowned in an area of Belmopan known as Rivera.  Gian Bethran, along with several of his friends, went swimming that [...]

Coast Guard gets keys to new maintenance facility

The Belize National Coast Guard received a huge donation today in the form of a facility, personnel and other equipment valued at almost three million US dollars. With this new [...]

Ocean Heroes Janet Gibson and Wil Maheia Honoured by OCEANA

OCEANA has two new Ocean Heroes. Since 2012, every year, OCEANA Belize selects Belizeans to honor as Ocean Heroes. The winners are those who accomplish tremendous work in ocean conservation, [...]

Corozal Fishermen Busted for Catching Conch Out of Season

The conch season officially opened on Saturday, but even before then, on Friday, a joint patrol of Belize Audubon Society, Fisheries Department and the Belize National Coast Guard officers out [...]

OCEANA Questions Department of Environment Over Petroleum Work

Last Wednesday, the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum sent out a release stating that along with the Geology Department, it will be conducting a multi-beam and sea seep survey [...]

Breaking News: Hurricane Matthew, A Category 4 Storm, Lurks in the Caribbean

The National Met Service is asking Belizeans to keep an eye on Hurricane Matthew over the weekend. In an advisory sent late this evening, the Met Service says that they [...]

Biodiversity Finance Initiative Launched in Belize

Another initiative was launched this morning at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City.  The United Nations Development Programme, with support from the EU and other partners, is financing a Biodiversity [...]