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Sep 7, 2022

N.G.O.’s Also Want Answers on Waterloo Project

Janelle Chanona

Chanona also wrote a letter today regarding the Port of Belize Cargo Expansion and Cruise Tourism Facility, also known as the Waterloo project. That letter, addressed to Chief Executive Officer Doctor Kenrick Williams, who chairs the National Environmental Appraisal Committee, brings up the August 2022 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment that the Port of Belize submitted for the project. That letter states in part, “Despite the apparent attempts made by the developer to close the gap between its 2021 Addendum and the latest 2022 E.S.I.A., there are still glaring shortcomings as it relates to the six points the developer had cited as reasons the NEAC denied environmental clearance in December 202”. Chanona used this project as an example of the clarity they need on all the projects that are ongoing, planned or will come about in the future.

 

Senator Janelle Chanona, V.P., OCEANA, Belize

“If we use Port of Belize’s cargo expansion and cruise tourism facility as a case study, I am confused, and I was in that room at the Biltmore for several hours and I heard several references to the “new” ESIA and this “new” ESIA and we’re here because after the proposal was rejected in 2021, the process was re-initiated in 2022 and that’s why we’re here. So I am confused and hopefully I can be guided appropriately, in terms of is that project new or old? Because if the government agencies, which are bound to those commitments, are referring to it as new ESIAs then how is that defined, you see, it gets very complicated to little ordinary me in terms of reconciling where that is. And I think that’s the big picture here that I still don’t that there’s clarity, and I think everybody else seems to have that clarity. But I will confess, I still have a lot of questions in terms of where we are and how we got here is clear, but where we’re going is still uncertain.”


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