Environmentalists celebrate Bill for moratorium on offshore oil exploration

Janelle Chanona [VP, OCEANA Belize]

Janelle Chanona
[VP, OCEANA Belize]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Members of the environmental community are celebrating a move by the Dean Barrow administration to make good on a promise to enshrine an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil exploration.

During a sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday in Belmopan, Minister of Economic Development and Petroleum Erwin Contreras moved the first reading of the Bill.

It is just the initial step but vice president of OCEANA Belize Janelle Chanona says that it marked a great day for Belize as a nation. [VIDEO COURTESY 7NEWS]

The Bill has been referred to the Natural Resources and Environment Committee for consideration, including public hearing before going back to the House for debate and passage.