[Coral-List] Help Ban Oil Exploration on the Belize Barrier Reef.

Domenica Ventura domenica.ventura at gmail.com
Fri May 6 13:15:36 EDT 2011

On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 2:00 PM, Domenica Ventura <domenica.ventura at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Would the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (World Heritage Site)
> http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/bz  in tandem with drilling
> platforms, rigs, pipelines, refinery platforms, be a singularity among World
> Heritage Reef Sites?  Are oil rigs evident in any other World Heritage
> Sites?
> Domenica Ventura, Volunteer
> Provitapax Marine Research
> info at provitapaxmarineresearch.org
> On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM, Eugene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>wrote:
>> "offshore drilling in Belize will lead to an environmental disaster
>> from which Belize will never recover."
>> Now that is as hysterical and emotional as it can get! It would be
>> good to get your facts in order before making such knee-jerk
>> reactions. Several wells have already been drilled along the Belize
>> shelf during the 1960s and 1970s and there were no "disasters" other
>> than the fact that they did not find any oil.
>> It would be good to know if they (who ever they are) are planning
>> deep water drilling or shallow water drilling as was done there in
>> the past? It makes a big difference. Of course actual discovery of
>> oil might have a large impact. It could bring big bucks and jobs to a
>> relatively poor country and hopefully  bring down the cost of fuel.
>> You can be sure that no one is going to drill right on top of a coral
>> reef. What does a gallon of gasoline costs in Belize? I assume it is
>> all transported there in tankers which is well known to be the
>> largest source of oil pollution in the oceans worldwide. Gene
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