Protect Belize's Barrier Reef From Offshore Drilling!

  • by: Oceana
  • recipient: Members of Belize National Assembly
Offshore drilling and oil spills would devastate Belize's Barrier Reef System, diverse marine life, and economy.

Oceana has worked in Belize for years to protect this unique ocean ecosystem, and now Belizean leaders are taking action. On October 20th 2017, legislation to enshrine a moratorium on offshore oil activity in Belizean waters was introduced in Belize's House of Representatives.

Concerned ocean advocates like you have the chance to add your voice of support for this historic move.

Tell Belizean leaders you want them to enact a law that safeguards world-renowned marine assets from the inherent threats of offshore oil.
Members of National Assembly
c/o Clerk of the National Assembly
Independence Hill

Dear Belizean Parliamentarians,

I am writing today to voice my support for the Petroleum Operations Maritime Zone Moratorium Bill, which would safeguard Belize’s marine assets from the inherent threats of offshore oil activity.

Oil exploration in Belizean waters puts two of the country's most important economic sectors at risk – the valuable and growing tourism industry and the long-standing fisheries industry – as well as the outstanding and invaluable World Heritage sites within the Belize Barrier Reef System.

I stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of proud and patriotic Belizeans who have maintained opposition on offshore oil in Belizean waters. The future of Belize is in your hands. I know you will ensure Belize’s prosperity by ensuring that offshore oil exploration and development activities never threatens the country’s marine assets.

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