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Nov 3, 2011

Will Oceana get Offshore Drilling referendum?

Friends of Belize, it seems, may not get its referendum but there is another group that has been seeking a referendum long before F.O.B.  The Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage, which comprises of just about every environmental group, including OCEANA sought seventeen thousand signatures to push for a referendum regarding offshore drilling. Although the deadline has passed and the signatures have been collected, the PM says the environmentalists have not completed their part of the bargain.

Giovanni Brackett, Plus TV

“Does the moratorium on offshore drilling still stand?”

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“What was agreed still stands. We had said that the area that was relinquished would not be put back out to bids until you and your cohorts could get this referendum done. Now you all haven’t kept your end of the bargain because implicit in that is that you would trigger the referendum. You say you have the signatures for months and months and months now and you haven’t done anything more. So we would be perfectly entitled to say the deal is off, but we won’t say that. The deadline has passed; we said we would give you three months or six months—long passed—and you’ve done nothing to progress this thing. But we are going to keep the status quo as it is; we are not going to put that out to tender. The area that was agreed with.”

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1 Response for “Will Oceana get Offshore Drilling referendum?”

  1. ABCD says:

    SORRY TO SAY BUT BELIZE HAS THE MUST STUPID GOVERNMENT !!! For money they will do anything .. Doesn’t the government see that by drilling these idiots will mess up the country ? belize depends on tourism ! the beautiful ENVIORNMENT of Belize is what Belize makes special and beautiful instead of advancing its sad to say Belize is moving back … that just shows the lack of education and the greed there is for money .. for example the petroleum of Belize should stay in Belize so our people can have cheaper gas… I think Belize was way better off in the hands of England and not on some greedy men who’s only aim is to make money without helping the people. STOP THE CORRUPTION AND MAKE BELIZE A BETTER PLACE !! OR GIVE BELIZE BACK TO ENGLAND!! ,,, we would have better educational opportunities !! and so SMARTER people ! to make Belize better..

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