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G.O.B. demands compensation money from Andre Vega, Sharon Pitts

The government is seeking to recover almost a million dollars paid in compensation to Andre Vega, the son of the former DPM and Minister of Natural Resources as well as [...]

Government responds to environmentalists on moratorium

The Government of Belize has responded to the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage, putting aside for now the issue of legislating the currently policy-based moratorium on activities relating [...]

A step forward, but environmentalists still want complete ban

So, is this a step forward or a step backward? And will it move the Coalition even slightly from its position that a complete ban on offshore petroleum-related activity of [...]

Rain, rain, please go away!

Incessant rains across the country have inundated parts of Belize City and the weekend forecast indicates that there are more showers ahead.  The downpour began in the wee early hours [...]

Lucky Boy, the Black Jaguar, passes on at 20

There is a bit of sad news coming out of the Belize Zoo tonight. One of its beloved residents, Lucky Boy, has passed away. According to the zoo, the twenty-year-old [...]

OCEANA Pans Minister’s Comparison of Belize with Ecuador on Petroleum

On Monday, Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Junior, while confirming that Government is committed to maintaining its moratorium on offshore petroleum exploration activity, remained insistent that Belize needed to at [...]

OCEANA Hosts Seismic Consultations in Belize City

There does not appear to be much of a debate on the issue of seismic testing in Belize’s offshore waters – at least, not if you ask the environmentalists, who [...]

OCEANA VP Says Legislation for Moratorium is a Firmer Option

As we reported, the Cabinet met last week to consider the plans for legislating the moratorium on activities related to offshore exploration for petroleum and conditions for lifting that moratorium. [...]

TGS and Its Relationship with G.O.B. Goes Back Years

For many, the company conducting the testing, TGS, came out of nowhere. But OCEANA’s Janelle Chanona reported that its relationship with the Government has been long-standing and it is clear [...]

Ban on Offshore Drilling for Protected Marine Sites; Minister Still Supportive of Petro-Exploration

Last Tuesday, cabinet officially suspended seismic testing that was being conducted offshore by an international company, TGS. Reeling from scandal to scandal and following a remarkable manifestation of people’s power, [...]

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 [...]