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May 20, 2014

Do you support oil explorations in Maya communal lands?

And tonight’s question is: Do you support oil explorations in Maya communal lands? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at You can also send an email with your comments to

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5 Responses for “Do you support oil explorations in Maya communal lands?”

  1. Belizean says:

    YES YES AND YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the word of their mouth they can come and take my land and say its communal land, right.. So yes, GOB can also come and drill because they have mineral rights, the state has that, not the Maya, the Mestizo or the Creole.

  2. Rasman says:

    I say no, not without the consent of the land owners

  3. Belizean says:

    @Rasman – You own the land but you dont own the mineral rights! You can say no all day and forever, but the state still owns the mineral rights.

  4. luis Cobaruvias says:

    I support the oil Company, a lot has been done in the buffer zone villages. Greg Choc and Cristina Coc they try halt it and fool the maya people but people are fool again cause the two want to get richer off the mayan people head. What else Greg choc want he have 3 big time house so much acres of land which he have title to but yet he dont want the maya people to own a piece of the jewel

  5. Sub Umbra Floreo says:

    Belize: Do you really believe that oil exploitation is the answer to prosperity? It is a small country! With so much potential! If oil consumption continues, there will be no more rain forest, barrier reefs, animals which is Belize largest income: tourism, secondly farming, natural farming and it so good that you chased away Monsanto. Corruption is everywhere in each government but we need to be brave not to go fight against the government rather to work by the hand and think for the countries’ future. It is a third world country which can use its natural resources and advance with technology without the need to damage the flora and fauna! Which is the Jade of the country! These days other countries are trying to rely on green energy rather than mining/petroleum usage. You can do better! Come on, petroleum will soon be extinguish, rather than extracting and wasting the economy in searching for areas for excavation, Belize should be investing in wind energy, sun energy! Which is endless! More options are available too. Oh by the way Belize take a look to Israel’s farming methods, so natural and almost costless, and they are willing to share their methods to other countries if they only care to ask for help or to be taught. Technology is also welcome! It’s a shame that oil searching will continue, regardless of the few who know this is a wrong decision for the country! Yes it can give so much work to the needed one and for the greedy ones as well. However, the future of this beautiful country is now and they (with all the respect) are playing with fire. Belize coat of arms is a legacy that it should kept, not to convert it to a world of ashes and pollution! Building and planting back the great forest that once existed before the English logging should return, Belize needs it and the world! We already have enough with other continents that are polluting it, by mining, petroleum burning and etc. I won’t say names, we should be different, the world is changing, a movement has started and it will become better despite those government people interested in their own pockets. This is no threat rather than a wakeup call. A simple statement from someone who believes in the Creole, Garingu, Menonites, Mestizos, Kekchis/Mopans, Mayas, East Indians and all the other ethnics that are already established in Belize.
    Human Values have been lost from ever since it started but the children (I hope) will soon recognize this mistake and become better than our fathers!
    It is a hard homework to rescue a country, peace be with all.

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