Saturday, May 17, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: Village leaders from 18 communities in the Toledo district congregated at the Elridgeville Community Center this morning for a consultation meeting.
The meeting was organized by the Toledo District Association of Village Councils under the leadership of President Gabriel Edwards and had as its main objective to discuss the issue of oil exploration in the Toledo district.
One of the village leaders, the chairman of Barranco village Dr. Joseph Palacio was thankful for the forum this morning.
His village is one of the buffer communities around the Sarstoon Temash National Park where US Capital Energy Limited is currently conducting pre-drilling activities.
Dr. Palacio described this morning’s meeting as “very informative” and “very understandable.”
He went on to say that “if all the communities, especially the buffer communities can allow themselves to be more educated about the whole idea of oil drilling, then I believe they would make more reasonable decisions about the matter.”
President of DAVCO Toledo Gabriel Edwards thanked the village leaders who turned out for today’s meeting. He told us that “we are in favor of oil drilling because we want to see community development.”
Edwards further explained that the plan now that the consultation meeting went well this morning is to meet with the Honorable the Prime Minister, Mr. Dean Barrow “to dialogue on how Toledo communities can benefit more.”
Edwards says that he is now calling on the various village leaders to consult their communities.
“We are sending a letter around to ask them to sign it if they are in favor of the oil drilling,” Edwards said.
That signed letter once returned to DAVCO Toledo will inform the organization of exactly what the feedback is from the communities that fall under its umbrella.
Guest speaker at this morning’s meeting was geologist Brian Holland who gave a detailed explanation of the steps that are necessary to undertake oil exploration and drilling.
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