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Prime Minister says “No plans on seismic testing”

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2022. 2:57 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Prime Minister John Briceño says that there are no plans for seismic testing.

“There’s not even plans about seismic testing. The entire discussion with the Vice President of Oceana was simply saying that I believe as a country, we need to take stock of what we have and one of the ideas was about whether we should have seismic testing in the exclusive economic zone not by the Barrier Reef,” PM Briceno said.

“The idea was that if we were to find there was anything there, we could leverage our assets. It does not mean that we have to go and do any drilling, it simply means that we can go to the more developed countries and international NGOs to say we have this asset, we want to keep it there but help us, we have an issue of poverty and we need to use these natural assets that the Lord blessed us with for the benefit of the people,” he added.

“There are no plans at the moment. We have had no such discussions in cabinet about seismic testing but it is probably something that would have to be addressed sooner or later,” PM Briceno said.

OCEANA Belize had launched a petition in an effort to trigger a national referendum to decide whether the moratorium on offshore oil should be lifted.

Meanwhile, the Belize Business Bureau says that they support seismic testing because it will provide scientific data on Belize’s natural assets.

 

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