Oceana Calls out the Press for Case Management Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 September 2012 00:00

Audrey Matura baits the press to the Supreme CourtThe media houses swarmed out at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, September 25th after they were called out by Oceana supposedly for the beginning of a judicial review hearing initiated by Oceana. In the end, however, it was much-a-do-about-nothing as that is exactly what took place -  nothing. The matter was barely in the case management stage and Oceana is already calling out the press. They really are in need of publicity to be doing that. Nonetheless, the press was out and Vice President for Oceana in Belize said that matter was in case management and attorney for the government, Naima Barrow has indicated that she will be filing preliminary objections for late filing by Oceana in the hopes of having the matter struck out.

Last year, Oceana went on a campaign to collect 18 thousand signatures in an effort to trigger a referendum on the issue of offshore drilling. However, after review, the Elections and Boundaries Department disqualified over 8 thousand of those, who signed the petition. Not happy with the decision, Oceana sought judicial review on the decision and that is where they are now.