Environmental NGOs Write NEXTERA – Love FM

The environment and conservation community have written to Nextera Environmental & Engineering Consultants, the firm engaged by Waterloo for its recent environmental and social impact assessment. In the letter, Nextera is asked to (quote) “clarify, via a matrix or similar for ease of reference, how the ‘new’ environmental and social impact assessment report you prepared for the project differs from the previous version submitted to the National Environmental Assessment Committee (end quote) Oceana Belize Vice President Janelle Chanona told us more.

Janelle Chanona, President, Oceana Belize: “This will certainly inform what we have learned from the comparison of the two documents because in the end, as the previous letter noted in 2020, we do not see a scenario in which the spill at sea should be admissible for Belize and the science doesn’t change in terms of any place you dump gear, especially that amount of gear, wouldn’t end up on the reef near one of the world heritage sites jeopardizing the fishery , etc. So the fact that the wording changed from offshore dump to coastal dump still means in the Caribbean Sea That’s the point of fact and people talk about the coverage area because there will be more material dumped near the shore. I think it goes up to something like 1200 acres of area that will be dumped, that these materials will be dumped. We always argue that this is something that we cannot support to go from there. before ec this project because again it’s still in the sea and all the science, all the modeling that we’ve seen shows that it will eventually end up in the Caribbean, the reef and in the Caribbean Sea.

Journalist: But the coastline is still terrestrial. To correct?

Janelle Chanona, President, Oceana Belize: “No. We are asserting that near shore does not mean on land. Near shore means in the Caribbean Sea and if you look at the maps that have been provided and the areas they have marked out, that is in water. It’s not on the ground.”