(Prensa.com) After meeting in Panama this year will be a call for an international tender to explore potential oil fields in the province of Darien, the reactions were not long in coming.
The executive director of the National Association for the Conservation of Nature, Alida Spadafora, said that it is necessary to “analyze the impact of oil exploitation would have on the Darien region.”
He said that not only are we talking about protected forests and unprotected, but also of rivers and water quality. We must seek the greatest benefit to the Darien and the country.
Therefore, Spadafora said that it is necessary to study other alternatives for sustainable development such as tourism and biodiversity. “Beware of the kind of development is done in Darien,” he said.
For the activist organization Sustainable Panama, Raisa Banfield, the fact is announced a call for interested companies’ above a public consultation “and a” real energy policy of the country, “shows that we have a government that only carried away by market economic values.
The environmentalist said there needs to have a vision of the state. “A country is not built only on an impulse but a market overview.”
Pointed out that there is a problem with climate change, where economies are seeing reverse some processes “to be green.”
Banfield complained that Panama, having the opportunity to “be green”, take a step back to look for a new economic model. We need a policy environment in which to analyze the damages in marine and terrestrial ecosystems, he said.
On Tuesday September 13, the Director of Hydrocarbons, Renza Samudio said the scans based on the tender shall Garachiné area-Sambu in the waters of the Pacific coast, and in Bayan-Chucunaque-Atrato, in land outside protected areas.
As made known last month the Energy Department in the province of Darien there are approximately 900 million barrels of oil. The studies were made by the company OTS Latinamerica LLC.