It's the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And today the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage used that occasion to underscore that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System must be, quote, "meaningfully protected and safeguarded from the inherent dangers of offshore oil."
The Coalition notes that there's only a one kilometre "buffer" area around the reef which the coalition calls, "woefully inadequate." Those are the scarce red areas on this map. They say a realistic safety buffer would need to be between 88 kilometres, or 54 miles) to 220 kilometres which is 136 miles. For support, they note that UNESCO has also stated that the proposed one kilometre buffer needs "revision in order to secure the protection of the property's Outstanding and Universal Value."