Stop Oil Development on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast
Please Note: This action has been discontinued.
Thank you for your support!
Here's a great, positive way we can support the campaign to stop oil
development on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. We are VERY CLOSE to
celebrating a victory in this campaign!!
Last Friday, April 12, The Municipal Government of Talamanca (one of the
counties where the Costa Rican government granted concessions to U.S.
companies for oil development) declared Talamanca an "Oil-Free" County. As
far as we know, this is the first government entity anywhere that has
declared its territory "free of oil and gas exploration and exploitation" by
initiating a "moratorium on all activities related to petroleum exploration
and exploitation within the Talamancan territory."
The Talamanca declaration also calls on Costa Rica's Minister of the
Environment to uphold the government's March ruling which found oil
development on the Caribbean to be "ecologically unviable." The US-based
oil companies have appealed the government ruling against oil development.
Now the Minister of Environment has until May 3 to uphold or revoke the
Let's all send faxes to the Municipal Government of Talamanca,
congratulating them on their courageous stand against oil development. They
are the leaders and pioneers in the movement from fossil-fuel dependency
toward a new era of renewable, sustainable energy!
Then send a copy of your fax to the Minister of Environment -- before May 3! This is a great way to reinforce the Ministry's March decision against oil
development, and encourage the Minister to hold firm against the oil
Please send a short, positive fax message to:
Consejo Municipal (Municipal Board)
Municipalidad de Talamanca
Bribri Talamanca de Limón
FAX 506-751-0137 or 506-751 0023
Send a copy of your fax to the Minister of Environment:
Sra. Elizabeth Odio Benito
Vicepresidenta de la Republica
Ministra de Ambiente y Energia
Zapote de San Jose
Thanks for one last show of support for the wonderful coalition of Costa
Rican organizations and communities that are SO CLOSE to celebrating a very
impressive victory for the environment! --Paula Palmer, Global Response
For background information on the anti-oil campaign, see Global Response
Action Alert #2/01 "Stop Oil Development on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast,"
- 107 Energy