Toledo village leaders to meet to discuss drilling for oil in the south
Gabriel Edwards (President, DAVCO Toledo)
Friday, May 16, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: The Toledo District Association of Village Councils will hold a consultation meeting tomorrow, Saturday, May 17.
The meeting, scheduled to start at 9 o’clock in the morning, will be held at the Community Center in Elridgeville village.
According to the president of Toledo DAVCO, the purpose of the meeting is to canvass the views of village leaders of Toledo on the issue of drilling for oil in the Sarstoon Temash National Park.
In a ruling handed down last month by Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana, the Government of Belize was asked to consult with the Maya people of the buffer communities on the issue of oil exploration so far as the granting of permits to conduct such exercises is concerned.
Saturday’s meeting is an initiative of the Toledo DAVCO and indications are that it has no government involvement.
Tomorrow’s meeting is expected to have the participation of representatives of no less than 39 villages in the Toledo district.
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