Earlier today, the People’s Progressive Party issued a stern statement rejecting Patterson’s contentions as a massive lie and misinformation. “Firstly, we comprehensively reject the ridiculous contention of Minister Patterson that they are no available petroleum-mining blocks. Ministers have a responsibility to go to press conferences with a sober head and equip themselves with facts in relations to matters upon which they intend to speak and must refrain from vocally emitting every bizarre thought that comes to their minds,” the statement read.
The party in its statement further stated, “The truth of the matter is that there are many more petroleum-mining blocks available. Only recently, Minister Raphael Trotman referred to the existence of these petroleum-mining blocks when he spoke about how new oil and gas exploration and production licences should be granted. He said, “Whether we go openly and publicly with international bids, or whether we have quiet and private discussions, will be determined by the national interest.” Without more, Trotman’s assertion by themselves prove that Patterson is lying. Moreover, everyone who has some familiarity with the sector knows that they are several petroleum-mining blocks available.”
Citizens’ Report has secured a copy of a map form the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) dated February 9, 2017, depicting active petroleum-mining blocks, available petroleum-mining blocks as well as other information. From the map, it is clearly visible that there is a large number of petroleum-mining blocks still available in the rich petroleum zone of Guyana.
See Below the Map from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission: