Bahamas: Intl. organization launches new petition against Bahamas oil exploration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Another petition has been launched in efforts to stop offshore drilling in The Bahamas, as the second oil exploration period for the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) has been extended by the government due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest petition, created by international organization Only One, calls on the global community to stand with young Bahamian leaders and urge Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to stop offshore oil drilling in the country.

“Not only could a spill wreck marine habitats and the Bahamian economy, but it could also reach the United States, wreaking havoc on shorelines in both countries and tying The Bahamas up in a costly cleanup,” the petition reads.

BPC indicated earlier this week that it has received formal notification from the government of a further extension of the second exploration period of BPC’s licenses, from mid-April 2021 to the end of June 2021, reflective of the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 force majeure.


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