The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) has applied for an injunction at the Supreme Court for what they say is the increased pre-drilling activities by US Capital Energy. SATIIM has provided images they say prove their claim.
The Court documents were filed on March 12th, 2013. SATIIM today issued a press release under the heading “US Capital Energy and Government of Belize Taunt Supreme Court”. According to the release since Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana reserved judgment on the case between both parties on October 23rd, US Capital has not suspended its pre-drilling activities. SATIIM states quote, “US Capital Energy, most likely with the blessing of the Government of Belize, has been working around the clock engaging in pre-drilling activities, which are part-and-parcel of exploratory drilling operations. These activities, from our view, continue to violate the National Parks System Act and the Rights of the Indigenous Communities,” end quote.
The NGO indicates that it had adjourned an injunction it filed in July 2013 after US Capital informed them and the Court that they would not drill until December 2013. Their release continues saying, quote “the Attorney General’s Ministry, in a letter dated February 10, 2014, informed the Court and SATIIM’s legal Counsels that no drilling will happen before March, 2014. The Attorney General was acting on behalf of the defendants named in SATIIM’s claim, including US Capital Energy”.
They further state that US Capital Energy’s legal counsel indicated that even without the injunction the company would not commence drilling unless the court allowed them to. Given their observations, SATIIM says they have now applied for that injunction.
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