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Belize (formerly British Honduras) is a country located on the north eastern coast of Central America. Belize has a diverse society, comprising many cultures and languages
By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 – The potential spread of Ebola into Central and Southern America is a real possibility, the commander of U.S. Southern Command told an audience at the National Defense University here yesterday.
“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly said. “That’s horrific. And there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”
If it comes to the Western Hemisphere, many countries have little ability to deal with an outbreak of the disease, the general said.
“So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time,” Kelly said.
This is a particularly possible scenario if the disease gets to Haiti or Central America, he said. If the disease gets to countries like Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, it will cause a panic and people will flee the region, the general said.
“If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”
Also, transnational criminal networks smuggle people and those people can be carrying Ebola, the general said. Kelly spoke of visiting the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua with U.S. embassy personnel. At that time, a group of men “were waiting in line to pass into Nicaragua and then on their way north,” he recalled.
“The embassy person walked over and asked who they were and they told him they were from Liberia and they had been on the road about a week,” Kelly continued. “They met up with the network in Trinidad and now they were on their way to the United States — illegally, of course.”
Those men, he said, “could have made it to New York City and still be within the incubation period for Ebola.”
Kelly said his command is in close contact with U.S. Africa Command to see what works and what does not as it prepares for a possible outbreak in the area of operations.
Treaty Energy Corporation has said it has encountered oil with its first well at the Princess Concession in Belize.
Bill Lehane 30 January 2012 12:17 GMT
The New Orleans and Houston-based player said the San Juan 2 well would be completed and put into production in the wake of the find at the Stann Creek field, which Treaty estimates could contain up to six million barrels of recoverable oil.
Co-chief executive Andrew Reid said the San Juan 2 would be produced at this first pay zone, adding: “It is our plan to drill San Juan 1 deeper than San Juan 2 in the belief that there may be additional pay zones present.”
Initial examinations of cuttings show “lime characteristics with good porosity and high saturation”, Treaty said, adding the charactertisics appeared similar to oil producing lime plays in Texas.
“These plays have produced hundreds of millions of barrels of oil over the past century and have been the source of many of the great Texas success stories”, the company commented on Monday.
Drilling had begun on 24 January at the well near Independence Village, adjacent to the Port of Big Creek in the Stann Creek District.
Treaty detected hydrocarbons in the form of a gas register when it reached 1235 feet on Friday.
“This presence of C1-C4 gas readings indicated a geo-pressurized oil bearing zone/gas driven”, the player said. “As drilling continued the indicator steadily increased from the depth of 1235 ft with readings being taken at one-foot intervals.”
Consultants from Advance Geological Services said oil was present in the cuttings samples, and continued drilling showed a constant increase in hydrocarbon presence in the formation down to 1290 feet, after which there was a steady decline.
Treaty holds 200,000 onshore acres within the Princess Concession, where it believes there could be three oil-bearing fields of various sizes, as well as 1.4 million acres on the Paradise Concession.
Treaty is an international acquisition, development and production company focused on leases that are considered to have proven but undeveloped reserves.
Published: 30 January 2012 12:17 GMT | Last updated: 30 January 2012 13:34 GMT
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