Offshore drilling

Offshore Oil Drilling In Belize 2

Belize’s Government Under Pressure At Home For Offshore Drilling Concessions By Bilal Morris   The debate around offshore drilling in Belize hit center stage in June of 2010 with the Mayor of San Pedro, Elsa Paz, calling on her own government to have ‘consideration’ about making decisions on offshore drilling. Paz joined forces with advocates like the Coalition To Save Our National Heritage on the island to send a message to the Barrow administration to stop making decisions without consultation that can hurt the environment of Belize in the long run. “I believe that government should have some consideration before […]

Against Offshore Oil Exploration and Drilling in Belize 4

A steady stream of pollution from offshore rigs causes a wide range of health and reproductive problems for fish and other marine life. Offshore drilling exposes wildlife to the threat of oil spills that would devastate their populations. Offshore drilling activities destroy kelp beds, reefs and coastal wetlands. Over its lifetime, a single oil rig can: Dump more than 90,000 metric tons of drilling fluid and metal cuttings into the ocean; Drill between 50-100 wells, each dumping 25,000 pounds of toxic metals, such as lead, chromium and mercury, and potent carcinogens like toluene, benzene, and xylene into the ocean Pollute […]

In care of our Natural Habitat and those that share it with us. 1

Nearly impossible to clean up. That’s what the Coast Guard says about an oil spill in the Arctic. But Exxon just struck a deal to drill in Russian Arctic waters and our government is granting Arctic drilling leases and permits to Shell and other oil companies – which means deadly danger for seals. When inhaled, oil can cause serious breathing problems. On a seal’s fur, it destroys insulation, leaving the seal to freeze to death. And spills and accidents are inevitable – a Shell platform in the North Sea just had a major line burst, creating an oil slick 20 miles […]