Sunday, July 6, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: The Toledo District Association of Village Councils (DAVCO) continues to hold consultations on oil drilling in the south.
On Friday, the DAVCO consultation tour stopped off in Forest Home village.
President of Toledo DAVCO Gabriel Edwards, Jr. says that following up on a meeting with the Honourable the Prime Minister, Mr. Dean Barrow, the consultations are designed to get as much input as possible from the people of the district whether they want oil exploration to continue or not.
Edwards says that should oil be found in commercial quantity in Toledo, then DAVCO wants to be in a good position to represent the people in any discussion on benefits for everyone.
The plan by DAVCO, according to Edwards, is to consult with all 56 communities in Toledo, to listen to their views and opinions, and then formulate a common position going forward.
This will take the form of a draft resolution, which will be presented to government at a later date. So far, indications are that while there are those who are supportive of oil exploration in Toledo, there are those who are against it and still there are some who have taken a neutral position.
DAVCO says it is committed to hearing and documenting all sides in this ongoing discussion.
The series of consultations is expected to be completed by the end of July.
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