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Offshore Drilling in Belize Will Go to Referendum

English Caye in Belize. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Oceana made great strides last week in our fight to stop offshore oil drilling in Belize’s crystal blue waters.

First, last week the Belizean government decided not to re-issue the offshore drilling concessions previously held by the Taiwan-based Overseas Petroleum Investment Corp. (OPIC), an offshore oil exploration company. In October, OPIC relinquished its permits to approximately 1.14 million acres off Belize’s coast.  

And second, in response to a letter from Vice President of Oceana Belize, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Prime Minister Dean Barrow agreed to put the matter of offshore drilling to a public referendum.


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