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Belize's Supreme Court Finds Offshore Oil Contracts Null and Void

LADB Article ID: 79034
Category/Department: Belize
Date: 2013-07-25
By: Louisa Reynolds

Six oil-prospecting companies suffered a major setback when Belize's Supreme Court ruled on April 16 that all offshore oil contracts issued by the Belizean government in 2004 and 2007 and extended in 2009 are null and void. The decision, handed down by Justice Oswell Legall, was highly critical of the government’s actions, saying that "allowing oil exploration before any assessment of its effects on the environment is not only irresponsible but reckless, especially in a situation where Belize may not be fully capable of handling effectively an oil spill."

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