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Bahamas: NO MORE OIL: Environmentalists call for ban as oil explorer abandons disappointing test well

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Environmentalists yesterday called for a full moratorium on oil drilling in this nation after Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) revealed that it has abandoned its exploratory drilling after having not found any commercial quantities.

Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) executive director, told Eyewitness News that the announcement was a “breath of fresh air” for this nation.

“Drilling has finished and they did not find commercial oil. This is a huge breath of fresh air for the future sustainability of our country,” said Lambert-McKinney.

“We need to push now for permanent protection from any oil drilling in the future.

“The drilling that took place off the west coast of Andros for the past 48 days caused considerable damage to the seafloor and was a clear threat to our waters and our economy and that of our neighbors. It was a risk to the well-being of our ecosystems and our people who depend on healthy oceans for tourism and fisheries, and ultimately our way of life.”

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