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Oil in Haiti?

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Carte de cinq sites pétrolifères tirée du livre blanc de F. L. (p. 64) - Map of mining resources in Haiti and showing 5 oil sites in Haiti, taken from the "White Book" of Fanmi Lavalas
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Oil in Haiti - Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation by Ezili Dantò

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Oil in Haiti, by
Dr. Georges Michel , webzinemaker.com, March 27, 2004 [Please refer to the French Original]

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Fayed’s Forgotten Years:
The Conman, The Dictator and the CIA Files
|Report by Daniel Sanger and Julian Feldman, The Daily Telegraph Magazine, 20 June 1998 | Source – guardianlies.com

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Why Clinton, the UN occupation and another reasons for being in Haiti: Deep Water Ports (Daulphin Dunn)
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Haiti is full of oil, say Ginette and Daniel Mathurin, [French Original], Radio Metropole, Jan 28, 2008

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Haïti regorge de pétrole affirment Daniel et Ginette Mathurin, [English Translation], Radio Metropole, Jan 28, 2008

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Further research will be necessary to confirm the existence of oil in Haiti, (English translation of "Des recherches supplémentaires seraient necéssaires pour confirmer l’existence de pétrole en Haïti."


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Interview (in English - 34:03) with Ezili Dantò on Mining of Haiti Resources and Riches

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Is the UN military proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti

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Majescor to Acquire Interest in a Strategic Gold-Copper Property in Haiti

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Canadian company to explore for gold in Haiti
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Gold and copper exploration in Haiti
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Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen:You Are Not Alone!



There is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people: Espaillat Nanita revealed that in Haiti there are huge resources of gold and other minerals by ESPACINSULAR, SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 17, 2009 (Translated from Spanish original)

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Haiti Forum 2009
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Expose the Lies
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Recommended HLLN Links (Energy and Mining in Haiti): The wealthy, powerful and well-armed are robbing the Haitian people blind

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Sirona Fuels Launches Jatropha Community Farming in Haiti
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Chevron to Sell Fuels Marketing Businesses in Haiti
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Is the UN military proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti

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Going Shopping in Haiti
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"...So, people-to-people, we ask assistance, to expose the neocolonial and psychological warfare that widely and consistently circulates the falsehood that Haiti is more violent and bloody than all other nations in the Western Hemisphere.

So, people-to-people, we ask assistance, to expose the manufactured fear and myths about extraodinary Haitian brutality and violence that aims to control and maintain people's negative perceptions of Haiti and to contain-Haiti-in-poverty the better to rob it blind. (See also, Is the UN military proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti;
Recommended HLLN Links (Energy and Mining in Haiti): The wealthy, powerful and well-armed are robbing the Haitian people blind )

So, people-to-people, we ask assistance to stop the genocide going on (the better to steal from and fleece) Haiti. A depopulation, terror and genocide taking place through: indefinite detention/incarceration; UN, NGO and humanitarian aid workers sexual rape, human trafficking and molestation of Haitian children; imposed famine from fraudulent "free trade" policies that destroys Haitian food sovereignty; imposed coup d'etat and UN/US protectorate that destroys Haitian security and stability, increases violence and organized kidnappings, drug-dealings and arms trafficking; and, perhaps genocide and forced sterilization by this wholesale foreign-imposed (UNICEF/WHO $10-million dollar) vaccination program in UN occupied Haiti." (Excerpted from Ezili Danto's Note: Genocide by vaccination in Haiti and Is this a way to sterilize Haitian women, as was done to Puerto Rican women? June 15, 2008)

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Oil Sites In Haiti:

1. Carte de cinq sites pétrolifères tirée du livre blanc de F. L. (p. 64) - Map of mining resources in Haiti and showing 5 oil sites in Haiti, from the "White Book" of Fanmi Lavalas

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Carte de cinq sites pétrolifères tirée du livre blanc de F. L. - Map of mining resources in Haiti and showing 5 oil sites, from the "White Book" of Fanmi Lavalas

 

Recommended HLLN Links (Energy and Mining in Haiti): The wealthy, powerful and well-armed are robbing the Haitian people blind

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Oil in Haiti and Oil Refinery - an old notion for Fort Liberte as a transshipment terminal for US supertankers

Another economic reason for the ouster of President Aristide and current UN occupation (See also -Oil in Haiti, reasons for the US occupation, Part 2 ; Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti and Answers to media questions about Haiti.)

Located in the North-Eastern part of Haiti and abounding with tourist sites, Fort-Liberté is a city where the first declaration of Haiti's independence took place on November 29, 1803. It has one of the most captivating historical sites in the area called Fort Dauphin known today as Fort-Liberté. This fort was built around 1731 under the command of Louis XV, king of France, and its ruins are the greatest evidences of its genius designers who chose the most strategic point to built it in order to fight off upcoming invaders.

In addition to its architectural charm, it overlooks a splendid bay of turquoise seawater, which sparkles under the bright rays of the tropical sun.

 

There is evidence that the United States found oil in Haiti decades ago and due to the geopolitical circumstances and big business interests of that era made the decision to keep Haitian oil in reserve for when Middle Eastern oil had dried up. This is detailed by Dr. Georges Michel in an article dated March 27, 2004 outlining the history of oil explorations and oil reserves in Haiti and in the research of Dr. Ginette and Daniel Mathurin.

There is also good evidence that these very same big US oil companies and their inter-related monopolies of engineering and defense contractors made plans, decades ago, to use Haiti's deep water ports either for oil refineries or to develop oil tank farm sites or depots where crude oil could be stored and later transferred to small tankers to serve U.S. and Caribbean ports. This is detailed in a paper
about the Dunn Plantation at Fort Liberte in Haiti.

Ezili's HLLN underlines these two papers on Haiti's oil resources and the works of Dr. Ginette and Daniel Mathurin in order to provide a view one will not find in the mainstream media nor anywhere else as to the economic and strategic reasons the US has constructed its fifth largest embassy in the world - fifth only besides the US embassy in China, Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany - in tiny Haiti, post the 2004 Haiti Bush regime change.

The facts outlined in the Dunn Plantation and Georges Michel papers, considered together, reasonably unveil part of the hidden reasons UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, is giving the UN occupation a facelift so that its troops stay in Haiti for the duration.

Ezili's HLLN has consistently maintained, since the beginning of the 2004 Bush regime change in Haiti, that the 2004 US invasion of Haiti used UN troops as its military proxy to avoid the charge of imperialism and racism. We have also consistently maintained that the UN/US invasion and occupation of Haiti is not about protecting Haitian rights, security, stability or long-term domestic development but about returning the Washington Chimeres/[gangsters] - the traditional Haitian Oligarchs - to power, establishing free trade not fair trade, the Chicago-boys' death plan, neoliberal policies, keeping the minimum wage at slave wage levels, plundering Haiti's natural resources and riches, not to mention using the location benefit that Haiti lies between Cuba and Venezuela. Two countries the US has unsuccessfuly orchestrated regime changes in and continues to pursue. In the Dunn Plantation and Georges Michel papers, we find and deploy further details as to why the US is in Haiti with this attempted Bill Clinton facelift to the UN's continued occupations
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For, no matter the disguise or media spins it's also about Haiti's oil reserves, and about securing Haiti's deep-water ports as transshipment location for oil or for tank sites to store crude oil without interference from a democratic government beholden to its informed population's welfare. (See Reynold's deep water port in Miragoane/NIPDEVCO property- scroll to photos in middle of the page.)

In Haiti, between 1994 to 2004 when the people had a voice in government, there was an intense grassroots movement to figure out how to exploit Haiti's resources. There was a plan, where in the book "Investing In People: Lavalas White Book under the direction of Jean-Betrand Aristide (Investir Dans L'Humain), the Haitian majority "were not only told where the resources were, but that -- they did not have the skills and technology to actually extract the gold, to extract the oil."

The Aristide/Lavalas plan, as I've articulated in the Haiti's Riches Interview, was "to engage in some sort of private/public partnership. Where both the Haitian people's interest would be taken care of and of course the private interest would take their profits. But I think it was around that time we had St. Genevieve saying they did not like the Haitian government. Obviously, they didn't like this plan. They don't like the Haitian people to know where their resources are. But in this book, it was the first time in Haitian history, it was written in Kreyòl and in French. And there was a national discussion all over the radio in Haiti with respect to all these various resources of Haiti, where they were located, and how the Haitian government was intending on trying to build sustainable development through those resources. So that's what you had before the 2004 Bush regime change/Coup D'etat in Haiti. With the Coup D'etat now, though the people know where these resources are because this book exists, they don't know who these foreign companies are. What they're profit margins are. What the environmental protection rules and regulations to protect them are. Many folks, for instance, in the North talk about losing their property, having people come in with guns and taking over their property. So that's where we are." (Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti.)

The mainstream media, owned by the multinational companies fleecing Haiti, certainly won't lay out for public consumption that the UN/US invasion and occupation of Haiti is to secure Haiti's oil, strategic position, cheap labor, deep water ports, mineral resources (iridium, gold, copper, uranium, diamond, gas reserves, zyconium deposits), lands, waterfronts, offshore resources for privatization or the exclusive use of the world's wealthy oligarchs and US big oil monopolies. (See, Map showing some of Haiti's mining and mineral wealth, including five oil sites in Haiti;Oil in Haiti by Dr. Georges Michel; Excerpt from the Dunn Plantation paper; Haiti is full of oil, say Ginette and Daniel Mathurin; There is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people: Espaillat Nanita revealed that in Haiti there are huge resources of gold and other minerals, and Is UN proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti).

In fact, the current Haitian authority-under-the-US/UN-occupation that is in charge of regulating exploration licenses and mining in Haiti does not explain, in any relevant or systematic manner, to the Haitian majority about the companies buying up, post 2004, Haiti's deep water ports, what their profit shares with the Haitian nation are, where are the accounting of said shares owed to the people of Haiti, nor explain the environmental effects of the massive excavations of Haiti's mountains and waters going on right now. Instead, the Director of Mining in Haiti blithely maintains that "further research will be necessary to confirm the existence of oil in Haiti."

In an
excerpt taken from the article posted Oct 9, 2000 by Bob Perdue entitled "Lonnie Dunn, third owner of the Dauphin plantation," we learn that:

"On November 8, 1973, Martha C. Carbone, American Embassy, Port-au-Prince, sent a letter to the Office of Fuels and Energy, Department of State, in which she stated that the Government of Haiti "...had before it proposals from eight different groups to establish a trans-shipment port for petroleum in one or more of the Haitian deep water ports. Some of the projects include construction of a refinery...." She further commented that the Embassy was acquainted with three firms: Ingram Corporation of New Orleans, Southern California Gas Company and Williams Chemical Corporation of Florida.. (According to John Moseley, the New Orleans company was probably "Ingraham", not Ingram.)

In the November 6, 1972 issue of Oil and Gas Journal, Leo B. Aalund commented in his article "Vast Flight of Refining Capacity from U.S. Looms",.: "Finally, 'Baby Doc' Duvalier's Haiti is participating with a group that wants to build a transshipment terminal off Fort Liberte, Haiti". One of the proposals referred to by Carbone was undoubtedly submitted by Dunn interests.

Additionally, we learn from this article that "Lonnie Dunn who owned the
Dauphin plantation "planned to straighten and widen the entrance to the [Fort Liberte] bay so that super tankers could be brought in and the cargo distributed to smaller tankers for transfer to U.S. and Caribbean ports that could not accommodate large ships...
" (Photo of Fort Liberte, Haiti).

We've put on the Ezili's HLLN website the other relevant portions of this paper that talks about the corporate eye the US has had, for decades, on Fort Liberte in Haiti as an ideal deep water port for the multinationals to establish an oil refinery.

In the 50s and 60s there was little need for Haiti's ports or oil as the Middle Eastern monopoly was gushing dollars galore. No need for these oil monopolies to undercut themselves by putting more oil on the market to cut their profits. Manipulated scarcity thy name is profit! or, did I mean capitalism?

But the oil embargo of the 70s, the advent of OPEC, the rise of the Venezuelan factor, the Gulf Crisis followed by the Iraq war for oil, all has made Haiti a better bet for the three-piece suits and their military mercernaries called "Western governments", yep, a way easier place to pillage and plunder behind the "bringing democracy" or "humanitarian aid" public covers.

Serendipitously with Haiti's 2004 Bush-the-son Regime Change, a follow up to the 1991 Bush-the-father's military coup, we find, flurries of Congressional "discussions" about off-shore drillings in preparation, perhaps, to the eventual "revelation" as written in the
Dunn paper years ago, that "there is a need for supertankers that require deep-water ports which are not readily available along the U.S. East Coast - nor ...welcome...for environmental and other consideration will (not) permit the construction of domestic refinery capacity on the scale that will be required."

Occidental side of the Fort

Despite being renovated by ISPAN in the mid' 1990, it is now in a very bad shape. All the balls and most of the canons have been stolen along with most of the cut stones paving its alleys and imported from Nantes, France. They were quite simply stolen by people not fully aware of their illegal act. Moreover, many holes within the fort enclosure are a potential threat to the preservation of the Fort in case of rain.

We underline that Haiti is an ideal dumping ground for the US/Canada/France and now Brazil, because environmental, human rights and health issues and other considerations in the US and in these other countries, would probably not permit the construction of domestic refinery capacity on the scale that new explorations of oil in this hemisphere will required. So, why not pick the most militarily defenseless country in the Western Hemisphere and dot it with such unsafe initiatives behind a UN multi-national "humanitarian" mask and fatherly Bill Clinton's snowy white hair and smiling face?

It is relevant to note here that most of Haiti's major deep water ports have been privatized since the Bush 2004 regime change in Haiti. It is also relevant to note here what I wrote last year in the piece titled Is the UN military proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti: "If there's substantial oil and gas reserves in Haiti, the US/Euro genocide and crimes against the Haitian population has not yet begun. Ayisyen leve zye nou anwo, kenbe red. Nou fèk komanse goumen. (See also, John Maxwell's Is there oil in Haiti and
Haiti Forum 2009.)

The revelations of Dr. Georges Michel and the Dunn Plantation papers seem to positively answer the question that there is substantail oil reserves in Haiti.
And our Ezili Dantò Witness Project information is that it's indeed being tapped and contracted out, but not for the benefit of Haitians or Haiti's authentic development. That's why there was a need to marginalize the Haitian masses through the ouster of Haiti's democratically elected Aristide government and put in the UN guns and UN occupation that today masks the US/Euros' (with a piece to the new power that is Brazil) securing Haiti's oil and gas reserves and other mineral riches such as gold, iridium, copper, diamond and underwater treasures. (Majescor and SACG Discover a New Copper-Gold in Haiti, Oct. 6, 2009; See, Haiti's Riches and
There is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people: Espaillat Nanita revealed that in Haiti there are huge resources of gold and other minerals.(See also, Fayed’s Forgotten Years: The Conman, The Dictator and the CIA Files.)

Today, the US and Euros say they are happy with Haiti's "security gains" and "stable" government. To wit: the last elections the US/UN presided over in Haiti excluded Haiti's majority party from participation. Haiti's jails are filled, indefinitely detained without trial or hearings, since 2004, with thousands upon thousands of community organizers, poor civilians and political dissenters that the UN/US label "gangsters." Site Soley has been "pacified." There are more NGOs and charitable organizations -about 10,000 - in Haiti then in any where in the world since 2004 and the Haitian people are a million times worst off than they were before this US/NGO civilization (otherwise also known as the "International Community") and their thugs, thieves and corporate death squads came and disenfranchised nine million blacks. Food prices are so high, some resort to eating dirt in the form of cookies to assuage Clorox hunger.

Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, the head of Haiti's largest human rights organization was disappeared in 2007 in UN occupied Haiti with no investigation done. Between 2004 and 2006 under the Western occupation, first by the US Marines then the UN multinational troops headed by Brazil, from 14,000 to 20,000 Haitians, mostly who opposed the occupation and regime change, were slaughtered with total impunity. More Haitian children are out of school today in 2009 than before the US/NGO "civilization" came post 2004. Under the US-imposed Boca Raton regime ,Haiti's Supreme Court was fired and brand new and paid-for judges, without any Constitutional authority inherited from the people of Haiti's mandate, took the place of the legitimate judges and law officers and are still metering out paid-for rulings in 2009 under the UN occupation and international community's tutelage.

And, as a matter of power, privilege, inequity and the violence of neocolonialism, white-sex abusers and pedophiles are having a hay day and human trafficking of Haiti children are at an all-time high. It is no revelation that in the stakes of corruption in Haiti or in Africa that a great many of the foreign NGOs along with their bourgeois/elite/pastors/priests and others are destroying poor children's life with absolute impunity while being painted as "saints" in their press back home the better to raise more funds to masturbate on Black pain some more.

Yet, Special UN Envoy, Bill Clinton, tells us "I am serving the next two years as a US Special Envoy to Haiti...This is the best chance in my lifetime that Haitians have ever had to escape the chains of their past..." The former President added, "If Haiti pulls out of this it will be in no small measure because of the efforts of non-governmental organizations."

What that means is perhaps this is the Haitian subcontractors, ruling oligarchs and US/Euro military industrial complexes' best chance to finally impose their chains on Haiti for good. Tap Haiti's oil, keep it so poor it will be grateful for slave wages at sweatshops. Let sexual tourism and the white sex-abusers do as they will. Transfer quickly more Haiti properties to foreigners and render the "good" Haitians as maids, butlers and servants in US/Euro-owned Haiti tourist resorts like the rest of the Caribbean. Militarize Haiti so that dissent is not possible even as a thought. That's perhaps UN Envoy, Bill Clinton's "best chance in my lifetime" scenario for Haiti. Nothing else makes sense. (See,
HLLN comment on new IMF figures indicating Haiti is no longer the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and Does the Western economic calculation of wealth fit Haiti -fit Dessalines idea of wealth distribution?NO! and Comparing crime, poverty and violence in the rest of the Hemisphere to Haiti and Pointing Guns at Starving Haitians: Violent Haiti is a myth and The Western vs the Real Narrative on Haiti and No other national group anywhere in the world sends more money home than Haitians living abroad.)

Going shopping in Haiti:

"It is organized violence on top which creates individual violence at the bottom." --Emma Goldman


Though they exist and form the exception to the rule, there are very few Paul Farmers, Margaret Trosts or Bill Quigleys in the Haitian world. And even amongst "the exceptions," the number whittles down to almost zero in terms of foreign heroes who can be expected to go the lifetime-distance without making "unusual alliances" or joining the status quo that vies for the soul of Black folks. Few who would HEAR, Lila Watson who said, "If you have come here to help me then you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine then let us work together." This sort of thinking that inspires self-reliance not dependency and provide the respectful conditions for those in great need to, in liberty, dignity and identify, realize their own needs is not what compels the International Community in Haiti right now.

For, in the age of humanitarian imperialism, globalization, financial colonialism and neocolonial-violence obfuscated behind forced assimilation and cultural imperialism, what exactly do some whites or modern missionaries go shopping in Haiti for: sex, self-esteem, adulation, fun, challenge, adventure, the boost in serotonin-consumption, to exploit cheap labor, plunder Haiti's natural resources, for self-improvement, recovery, to use Haiti as in excuse to raise funds for their salaries and living expenses to live the old Dixie's planters' life with exploitation black sex on tap, or as an easy way to gain international expert credentials in any field and move up the socio-economic ladder at home and/or for securing the good tropical lifestyle with mountain and oceanfront houses, the waiters, maids, gardeners and seafood they couldn't obtain as easily in their Euro/US countries where they are the majority, ordinary, can’t use the white privilege inheritance without some scrutiny and are not as exotic and special as in neocolonial devastated Haiti. It’s all hidden, of course, behind the mask of being good humanitarians, altruistic charity workers and helping Haitians. (See also, Oil in Haiti, reasons for the US occupation, Part 2
; US False Benevolence in Haiti; I pay this price for you; Haiti Epistemology; Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues; The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose ; UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children; The-To-Tell-The-Truth-About-Haiti Forum 2009; I am the History of Rape: HLLN Letter to UN asking for investigative reports on UN soldier's rapes in Haiti; and, Proposed solutions to create a new paradigm.)

Ezili Dantò/HLLN

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"In November 1962, however, Duvalier had signed a contract with American businessman Charles C. Valentine that gave his company a monopoly control over pretty much everything to do with oil in Haiti. Valentine had engaged to prospect for oil as well as build at least one refinery and petrochemical plant, either for domestically produced crude or fuel brought in from elsewhere. In return, the contract gave Valentine Petroleum shelter from all taxes and duties, a series of land concessions as well as the exclusive right to import, export and sell all petroleum products, refined or crude. In the first arrangement of its kind in Haiti the deal was guaranteed by the US Agency for International Development and was to last a minimum of 10 years. But less than two years later, Duvalier abruptly cancelled Valentine's contract and signed it over to Fayed. The modifications were few but they made an already sweet deal even sweeter. Valentine, under the old contract, had had to put $50,000 in a deposit account as a gesture of goodwill - Fayed did not have to make any deposit. Valentine's contract ran for only 10 years, Fayed's ran for 50. The changes were announced in a special issue of Haiti's official gazette, Le Moniteur, dated August 28, 1964, and were effective from that date. But that issue of Le Moniteur was not made public for more than eight weeks. In the interval, Valentine continued work on the project even though the contract was now secretly Fayed's." (Fayed’s Forgotten Years:
The Conman, The Dictator and the CIA Files
|Report by Daniel Sanger and Julian Feldman, The Daily Telegraph Magazine, 20 June 1998 | Source – guardianlies.com.
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Oil - The secret behind the Rush to Haiti
For the transcript to this interview with notes, go to:
Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti. Recorded: April 29, 2009

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Oil - Strategic denial of oil in Haiti
A Massive Oil Mine in Haiti

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Oil - Haiti's Prime Minister contradicts US strategic denial, confirms there is oil in Haiti


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Oil - Haïti, une invasion sous couverture humanitaire

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Oil - HAITI, LE SECRET BIEN GARDÉ DES AMÉRICAINS /HAITI, USA SECRETS AND OIL


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Oil in Haiti, by Dr. Georges Michel , webzinemaker.com
, March 27, 2004 [This English translation is an HLLN courtersy for our English speakers. Please refer to the French Original.]

Since time immemorial, it has been no secret that deep in the earthy bowels of the two states that share the island of Haiti and the surrounding waters that there are significant, still untapped deposits of oil. One knows not why they are still untapped.

Since the early twentieth century, the physical and political map of the island of Haiti, erected in 1908 by Messrs. Alexander Poujol and Henry Thomasset, reported a major oil
reservoir in Haiti near the source of the Rio Todo El Mondo, Tributary Right Artibonite River, better known today as the River Thomonde. (Perhaps the word Thomonde is derived from de Todo El Mondo?) The deposit of oil in question straddles the boundary between the boroughs of Hinche and Mirebalais in a mountainous area located at the foot of the chain of the Black Mountains, direction due west of Thomond.

The same map indicates an oil reservoir in the Dominican plain of Azua, a short distance north of the Dominican Republic in the town of Azua. According to our information, the latter oil field located in the Dominican Republic had actually been operating in the first half of this century, produced up to 60,000 barrels of oil per day and had closed because it was considered at the time "insufficiently profitable." Also in the Dominican Republic, there was announced, in 1982, a discovery, in front of the plain of the Azua, of a huge oil field offshore at the coast of Barahona. But this deposit has been left untapped.

Those who have traveled from Port-au-Prince to Santo-Domingo can testify that the plain of the Azua and its coastline very much resembles the area of Vieux Bourg d'Aquin and its related coast. Therefore, reasonable chances are that there is hydrocarbon deposits in the counterpart Haitian region, especially as we are told that in the plains of Cayes there is geological evidence of the presence of oil, as well as at the Bay of Cayes, Les Cayes and between Ile a Vache.

In 1975 we bathed in the waters of Les Cayes and noticed that our feet was covered by a sort of black oil seeping from the seabed. A fisherman from the place explained that this was not uncommon in the area.

He reports similar phenomena in other regions of Haiti - it seems so in the plains of Leogane and at the foothills of Morne-à-Cabrit. It's also been reported that there is the presence of oil shale in the province of Grand Anse.

There are still many places on our island (Haiti and Dominican Republic) that meet all the geological criteria for the presence of hydrocarbons. In Haiti, include the plains of Cayes, the plain of Leogane, the plain of Cul-de-Sac, the Gonaives plain and the deserted Savannah, the Plaine du Nord. Ile de la Gonave and corresponding coastlines to the off-shore deposits. In this list, do not forget the large sedimentary basin of the Central Plateau of Haiti.

In the course of the 1950s, the Knappen-Tippen-Abbet company (nicknamed by the local people "the company for small bread and butter") conducted drillings in La Gonave, in the Cul-de-Sac plains, in the Plateau-Central and in the region of Gonaives. All of these drillings had proved extremely promising and the results were beyond expectations. However, the big multinational oil companies operating in Haiti pushed for the discovered deposits not to be exploited. Haiti was neither Saudi Arabia nor Kuwait. At a time when a barrel of crude oil sold for just over a dollar, and the Persian Gulf provided oil galore, there was no reason for these companies to put in production these oil fields deemed much less profitable. Especially while ARAMCO [then known as the Arabian American Oil Company] was, rain or shine in Arabia, at a low price, even to the point of looting the precious oil resources of this kingdom.

[The attitude of these big multinational oil companies was] "We shall keep the Haitian deposits and other such layers of deposits in reserve for the 21st century when the Middle Eastern jackpot are depleted." This is what happened! The wells of Knappen-Tippen-Abbet were numbered, carefully locked or sealed with cement and forgotten.

The reports of the huge drillings were not, it seems, supposed to be made public to the Haitians. Do you think they would ever hand over to a bunch of backward negroes, information that would allow them to work towards their own economic liberation? This would make them too strong and give too much power to little Haiti.

Haitians had to wait half a century or a century for that.
However, the successful countryside of the Knappen-Tibben-Abbet company, allowed for a great deal of opportunity to many Haitian schools, preparing primary school students for their certificate and studying in the geography textbook of Haiti from the Brothers of Christian Instruction, to learn that our land had oil reservoirs in the Central Plateau and La Gonave. This, did not fall on deaf ears ...

It is generally known, in all circles, that there are petroleum hydrocarbon deposits in the bowels of the island of Haiti. But the petroleum industry/circles are not eager to put into production these so readily available Haiti oil reserves. Other more important areas were already identified as major oil producing regions of the world. [The thinking was] there will always be time to think about the island of Haiti.

However, [these big oil entities and the powerful nations] did think of us during the Gulf crisis when Kuwaiti deposits, the Saudis and other oil reservoirs were threatened by Saddam Hussein. If the Cubans had not made a great effort by themselves to put their own oil in exploitation, nobody would have done it for them. If it were not for the efforts of the Cubans, Cuban oil would still be housed in the bowels of the earth, as it remains for Haitian oil. The ball is in our camp ...

If the big oil companies are not interested in our oil, we should ask our Cuban neighbors to come help us exploit it. In their dramatic search for oil, the Cubans have developed technology and know-how that we could, in return for their services, yield to the Cubans part of our domestic oil production and give them a share of profits. A mission of government officials and businessmen in Haiti should leave for Cuba in this direction.

The sad case of the international embargo clearly shows that we must fend for ourselves, and especially that we do not have to wait for the OK from the United States when our vital interests are in peril. The whole of our society is aware and sees well how our big northern neighbor has treated us and shall treat us in the future. Haiti will be saved by Haitians and Haitians only, that is the principle lesson of the embargo.

If our oil was available, we would not have been shamefully forced to capitulate after the oil embargo decided in defiance of international law with their infamous Resolution 841, by the great powers now bearing the pompous and ridiculous name of "international community".

Our government, our big businessmen, our ultra-liberal economists, our big smugglers, our Chicago-Servant-Boys, our anti-nationalists and others ruffians, prefer to import [everything, even] air, rather than to put to use the resources of Haiti. With a zeal that is hard to understand, they blindly obey the bidding orders of the IMF and World Bank, and are put together with these two organizations to destroy the Haitian economy, especially our valuable agriculture.

Nevertheless, they find themselves caught out with us. And when imperialism, to meet its gruesome intentions, decides to impose an embargo, the last embargo (there will be perhaps more in the future, who knows?) has proven the need to accelerate economic integration with the Dominican Republic.


Both Republics should undertake, by treaty, to provide each other with some oil no matter the decisions of a third party. A trans-island pipeline, Barahona to Port-au-Prince, could be part of this oil integration between the two countries that share the island.

While waiting to be able to consume our own oil, whose surpluses shall also provide the valuable currency we need, we should increase the country's storage capacity for oil products and consider how to stockpile important strategic reserves on the territory of the Republic. The oil embargo of 1991 is also a strong argument for rebuilding our railways.


Dr Georges Michel
27 mars 2004
Translated by Ezili Dantò of HLLN,
Oct. 2009 [Please refer to the French Original.]

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Why Clinton, the UN occupation and another reasons for being in Haiti: Deep Water Ports -

The following excerpt was taken from: Lonnie Dunn, third owner of the Dauphin plantation (emphasis added).

"...On November 8, 1973, Martha C. Carbone, American Embassy, Port-au-Prince, sent a letter to the Office of Fuels and Energy, Department of State, in which she stated that the Government of Haiti "...had before it proposals from eight different groups to establish a trans-shipment port for petroleum in one or more of the Haitian deep water ports. Some of the projects include construction of a refinery...." She further commented that the Embassy was acquainted with three firms: Ingram Corporation of New Orleans, Southern California Gas Company and Williams Chemical Corporation of Florida.. (According to John Moseley, the New Orleans company was probably "Ingraham", not Ingram.)

In the November 6, 1972 issue of Oil and Gas Journal, Leo B. Aalund commented in his article "Vast Flight of Refining Capacity from U.S. Looms",.: "Finally, 'Baby Doc' Duvalier's Haiti is participating with a group that wants to build a transshipment terminal off Fort Liberte, Haiti". One of the proposals referred to by Carbone was undoubtedly submitted by Dunn interests.

I suspect that in this project Dunn was tied in with Southern California Gas Co. According to Mike Shanks, Dunn was involved with McCollum, a Texaco V.P. and James Knapp, a V.P. of Pacific Lighting. At that time, Southern California Gas Co. was a subsidiary of Pacific Lighting (which became Pacific Enterprises in 1988). (According to John Moseley of the Brown and Root engineering firm, the associate referred to here by Shanks as a Texaco V.P. was H. M. McCollum of Conoco.) (According to Mrs. Eleanor Searle McCollum, her late husband was Leonard F. "Mc" McCollum, President and CEO of Conoco Oil for 20 years. She added in a letter: "There is no H.M. McCollum."

****To the Carbone letter, George M. Bennsky, Director, Office of Fuels and Energy, responded: "U.S. Policy heavily favors deep-water ports in our own waters rather than those in non-U.S. locations. "There is, however, some doubt whether environmental and other considerations will permit the construction of domestic refinery capacity on the scale that will be required".

Dunn planned to straighten and widen the entrance to the bay so that super tankers could be brought in and the cargo distributed to smaller tankers for transfer to U.S. and Caribbean ports that could not accommodate large ships. He further intended to develop a facility to break down old ships for scrap and repair others. According to Albert Hill, who came to HASCO as an engineer and ended up as President of that company, another player in Dunn's harbor scheme was Daniel Ludwig whose name is also associated with efforts to develop the Amazon Basin.

The sinuous entrance to the bay is about 2.5 kilometers long and 400 meters across at its narrowest; three points jut out from the east bank, each the site of an ancient French fort. The larger of these, still a rather spectacular site, is Fort Labouc on the Atlantic Ocean at the east side of the entrance to the bay.. The 1:50,000 "Phaeton" topographic map of the area, prepared in 1963, indicates the depth of the entrance to the bay is at least 10 fathoms throughout; some areas are much deeper. A substantial area in the center of the bay has a depth of 12 to 14 fathoms.

An engineering study was conducted by Charley Vaughn, Basil Maxwell and John Moseley of Brown and Root Co., Marine Division, to provide a cost estimate for a dredger to widen the entrance to Fort Liberte Bay. They were flown from Miami to Port-au-Prince in Dunn's King Air turboprop and after clearing customs were flown to Fort Liberte on a Plantation aircraft. "With all that sisal it looked like Arizona or northern Mexico", said Moseley. The plan was to widen the entrance by slicing away the projections on the east side, which would have destroyed three of the old French forts. Drill cores indicated the surface layer of coral was underlain by gravel. To enable a large tanker to turn around, a "finger pier" would be installed from the south shore to the deeper center of the bay, about 1000 meters northwest of Fort Saint Joseph.. This long narrow berth for two ships - the project was planned for ships of 300,000 tons - also provided a trestle for a ship to shore pipeline and was large enough to drive a truck to the end of the pier..

A logical point for the foot of the pier might have been where Fort Saint Joseph projects into the bay and this development could have destroyed that ancient structure. However, according to John Moseley, there was to be an angle turn in the trestle to land to the southeast of the Plantation headquarters to a suitable tank farm site and avoid disturbing the fort.

According to Moseley, the plan was to develop a tank farm where crude oil could be stored and later transferred to small tankers to serve U.S. and Caribbean ports. There were no plans for a refinery. According to Jean Claude Leger, Frederick Snare Co., Chappell Hill, Texas, would construct the oil transfer facility. (Moseley indicates the Frederick Snare Co. was probably headquartered in Chapel Hill, NC, not in Texas.)

Moseley does not recall the time of his visit but it must have been during the early years of Dunn's ownership of the Plantation because, by late 1973 the Government of Haiti apparently had the Dunn group's proposal in hand and it seems likely there would be a considerable time lapse between the B&R engineering study and submission of the proposal. Moseley's visit was clearly prior to the time sisal harvest and decortication was renewed because when I asked,: "What was happening on the Plantation at the time?", he responded: "There was not much activity, just grinding poverty and there was only one white on the Plantation at the time, a young man with a German accent". There were only about 100 cattle (high-dollar type) with more to be airlifted in. Dunn's son, Lonnie, Jr., "Ran the cattle end.".All this came to naught, probably because of the October 1973 Arab oil embargo following the Yom Kippur War...." (Haiti: Dauphin Plantation: Lonnie Dunn, third owner.)

(Ezili Danto's Note: But times have changed .... There is a need for "supertankers that required deep-water ports which are not readily available along the U.S. east coast - nor were (..) welcome..for environmental and other considerations will (not) permit the construction of domestic refinery capacity on the scale that will be required"

Thus, in addition to the details outline in Haiti's Riches and elsewhere by Ezili's HLLN, part of the reason for the US to want Haiti is because of its many deep water ports, especially "Fort Liberte Bay and its potential as a deep-water port.")

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There is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people

Espaillat Nanita revealed that in Haiti there are huge resources of gold and other minerals by ESPACINSULAR, SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 17, 2009 (Translated from Spanish original)

The former president of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (REFIDOMSA), Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, considers that one of the solutions to the Haitian State's problems in paying its foreign debt and to solve its overwhelming socio-economic issues is to be found in deposits of gold and other minerals that Haiti owns.

Espaillat Nanita revealed that according to geological studies and research conducted on Haitian soil, indicating that the nation shares with the Dominican Republic gold deposit, untapped world's largest and a little known and rare mineral that is vital for building of spacecraft and other appliances extraterrestrial iridium. These two resources are sufficient to alleviate the "poor" reality of those born in Haiti.

Espaillat Nanita also claims that these resources are poorly understood because of a multinational conspiracy that aims to extract Haiti's natural wealth, especially those derived from minerals that abound in the neighboring state.

REFIDOMSA's former president said that this group of firms and individuals in State are dedicated to fostering poverty in Haiti, suggesting that the Dominican Republic serves as a crutch to the centuries-old misery and marginality living of the vast majority of our neighbors in Haiti.

In this regard, he supports the pronouncements of the newly appointed Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, on the search for new alternatives that will facilitate job creation and attracting foreign investors to the smallest of the two countries that share the island of (Ayiti) Hispaniola instead of charges only to the Dominican nation.

Espaillat admitted that in Haiti there is a national class, comprising politicians and intellectuals-mainly belonging to Bellerive, concerned that Haiti's problems are resolved in its territory and not elsewhere, such as its neighbor island.

The former energy official made these statements in an interview conducted on the radio program that airs Monday through Friday on the Dominican FM station from 4 to 6 pm.

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CONSIDERA QUE UNA CONSPIRACIÓN MULTINACIONAL SE QUIERE ADJUDICAR ILEGALMENTE ESTOS RECURSOS MINEROS DEL PUEBLO HAITIANO

Espaillat Nanita revela en Haiti existen grandes recursos de oro y otros minerales

ESPACINSULAR

SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana, 17 de noviembre de 2009.- El ex presidente de la Refinería Dominicana de Petróleo (REFIDOMSA), Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, consideró que una de las soluciones del Estado Haitiano para saldar su deuda externa y solucionar la problemática socio económica que agobia a los haitianos, se encuentra en los yacimientos de oro y otros minerales que posee el territorio del vecino país.

Espaillat Nanita reveló que según estudios e investigaciones geológicas realizadas en suelo haitiano, indican que dicha nación comparte con la República Dominicana el yacimiento de oro, sin explotar, más grande del mundo, así como un mineral poco conocido y escaso que es vital para la construcción de naves espaciales y otros aparatos de uso extraterrestre, el iridio. Estos dos recursos son suficientes para aliviar la “pobre” realidad de los nacidos en Haití.

El también arquitecto denuncio que estos recursos son poco conocidos debido a una conspiración multinacional que pretende extraerle a los haitianos sus riquezas naturales, sobre todo las que se derivan de los minerales que abundan en el vecino Estado.

El ex presidente de REFIDOMSA dijo que este grupo de empresas y personas de Estado se han dedicado a fomentar la pobreza en Haití, proponiendo que la Republica Dominicana sirva de muleta a la centenaria situación de miseria y marginalidad que viven la gran mayoría de nuestros vecinos.

En ese sentido apoyó los pronunciamientos del recientemente designado Primer Ministro haitiano, Jean-Max Bellerive, sobre la búsqueda de nuevas alternativas que faciliten la creación de empleos y la atracción de inversionistas extranjeros al país más pequeño de los dos que comparten la isla de La Hispaniola, en vez de cargárselos exclusivamente a la nación dominicana.

Espaillat reconoció que en Haití existe una clase nacionalista, conformada por políticos e intelectuales principalmente –a la que pertenece Bellerive-, interesada en que los problemas de Haití sean resueltos en su territorio y no otras partes del mundo, como por ejemplo en su vecino de isla.

El ex funcionario energético ofreció estas declaraciones en una entrevista que realizó en el programa radial Dejando huellas, que se transmite de lunes a viernes por la emisora Dominicana FM, en horario de 4 a 6 de la tarde.

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Haiti is full of oil, say Ginette and Daniel Mathurin, [French Original], Radio Metropole, Jan 28, 2008

Scientists and Ginette Daniel Mathurin indicate that under Haitian soil is rich in oil and fuel fossible have already been listed by foreign specialists and Haiti. "We have identified 20 sites Oil, 'Daniel Mathurin stating that 5 of them are considered of great importance by specialists and politicians.

The Central Plateau, including the region of Thomonde, the plain of the cul-de-sac and the bay of Port-au-Prince are full of hydrocarbons, "he said adding that the oil reserves of Haiti are more important than those of Venezuela . "An Olympic pool compared to a glass of water that is the comparison to illustrate the importance of oil Haitian compared with those of Venezuela," he explains.

Venezuela is one of the world's largest producers of oil.

Daniel Mathurin investigations revealed that several previous governments have made it possible to verify the existence of these important oilfields. He recalls that a document of the Fanmi Lavalas party to power in 2004, had specified the numerous sites of oil in Haiti.

According to Daniel and Ginette Mathurin, the Lake District, with cities like Thomazeau and Cornillon, contains important oilfields.

Asked about the non-operation of those sites, Ginette Mathurin said that these deposits are declared strategic reserves of the United States of America. While citing his imcompréhension of such a situation, remember that the Caribbean is seen as the back yard of the United States.

But Daniel Mathurin And Ginette indicate that the American government had in 2005 authorized the use of strategic reserves of the United States. The door should be used by politicians to launch Haitian négiciations with American companies in the context of the exploitation of these deposits adds Daniel Mathurin.

The specialists contend that the government of Jean Claude Duvalier had verified the existence of a major oil field in the Bay of Port-au-Prince shortly before his downfall.

In addition, Daniel and Ginette Mathurin reveal that the Uranium 238 and 235 and the deposit zyconium exist in several regions including in Jacmel. The uranium is used in nuclear reactors for the production of electric energy.

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Haïti regorge de pétrole affirment Daniel et Ginette Mathurin, [English Translation], Radio Metropole, Jan 28, 2008

Les scientifiques Daniel et Ginette Mathurin indiquent que le sous sol haïtien est riche en hydrocarbures et en combustibles fossible qui ont été répertoriés par des spécialistes étrangers et haïtiens. " Nous avons relevé 20 sites pétrolifères", lance Daniel Mathurin précisant que 5 d’entre eux sont jugés de grande importance par les spécialistes et les politiques.

Le Plateau central, notamment la région de Thomonde, la plaine du cul-de-sac et la baie de Port-au-Prince regorgent d’hydrocarbures, dit-il ajoutant que les réserves pétrolifères d’Haïti sont plus importantes que ceux du Vénézuela. " Une piscine olympique comparée à un verre d’eau voilà la comparaison pour montrer l’importance des gisements de pétrole haïtien comparés à ceux du Vénézuela", explique t-il.

Le Vénézuéla est l’un des plus grands producteurs mondiaux de pétrole.

Daniel Mathurin révèle que des enquêtes de plusieurs gouvernements antérieurs ont permis de vérifier l’existence de ces importants gisements de pétrole. Il rapelle qu’un document du parti Fanmi Lavalas au pouvoir en 2004, avait précisé les nombreux sites d’hydrocarbures en Haiti.

Selon Daniel et Ginette Mathurin, la région des lacs, avec des villes comme Thomazeau et Cornillon, renferme d’importants gisements de pétrole.

Interrogée sur la non exploitation de ces sites, Ginette Mathurin a précisé que ces gisements sont déclarés réserves stratégiques des Etats Unis d’Amérique. Tout en faisant état de son imcompréhension d’une telle situation, elle rapelle que la caraïbe est considérée comme l’arriere cour des Etats Unis.

Cependant Daniel Et Ginette Mathurin indiquent que le gouvernement américain avait en 2005 autorisé l’exploitation des réserves stratégiques des Etats Unis. Cette porte doit être utilisée par les politiques haïtiens pour lancer des négiciations avec des compagnies américaines dans la perspective de l’exploitation de ces gisements ajoute Daniel Mathurin

Les spécialistes soutiennent que le gouvenement de Jean Claude Duvalier avait vérifié l’existence d’un important gisement de pétrole dans la baie de Port-au-Prince peu de temps avant sa chute.

De plus, Daniel et Ginette Mathurin révèlent que l’Uranium 238 et 235 et le zyconium existent en gisement dans plusieurs régions notamment à Jacmel. L’Uranium est utilisé dans les réacteurs nucléaires pour la production d’energie électrique.
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Further research will be necessary to confirm the existence of oil in Haiti, (English translation of "Des recherches supplémentaires seraient necéssaires pour confirmer l’existence de pétrole en Haïti."

The director of the bureau of mines, Dieusel Anglade, believes that further research should be conducted to confirm the presence of oil sites in Haiti.

Speaking at the "Guest of the day" Radio Metropole, Mr. Anglade revealed that the drilling carried out by 11 foreign companies have made it possible to detect indications of the presence of hydrocarbon deposits. Citing documents from the office of mines, Dieusel Anglade said that the drilling has been made by three different companies in the areas of the Plain of the Cul-de-Sac, Artibonite, Central Plateau and the Gulf of Gonave.

The wells were carried out between 1968 and 1977 by European carriers.
Apart from these 11 wells there has been no other wells says Anglade who regrets that the drilling did not exceed 2400 metres. He stressed that we can really assess a deposit from 3000 metres deep, and hopes that other companies boost research in this area.

According to the director of the bureau of mines other regions should also be the subject of further research. He cited among other things the peninsula North West, the southern peninsula and Jordan. "We have a favorable geographical context," argues Mr. Anglade who does not know if oil is exxiste quantity sufisante to be exploited.

But Mr. Anglade acknowledges that the price of oil has grown exponentially in recent years and requires that the companies had suspended investment in 1968 would not have been here today.

The Bureau of Mines has already received applications for permits to study admits Mr. Anglade explaining that gives priorité to these files.
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Des recherches supplémentaires seraient necéssaires pour confirmer l’existence de pétrole en Haïti

Le directeur du bureau des mines, Dieusel Anglade, estime que d’autres recherches doivent être réalisées pour confirmer la présence de sites pétrolifères en Haiti.

Intervenant à la rubrique " Invité du jour " de radio Métropole, M. Anglade a révélé que les 11 forages réalisés par des compagnies étrangères ont permis de détecter des indices sur la présence de gisements d’hydrocarbures. Citant des documents du bureau des mines, Dieusel Anglade a précisé que les forages ont été réalisés par trois compagnies différentes dans les régions de Plaine du cul-de-Sac, l’artibonite, Plateau central et le golfe de la gonave.

Les forages ont été réalisés entre 1968 et 1977 par des compagnies européennes.

A part ces 11 forages il n’y a pas eu d’autres puits insiste M. Anglade qui regrette que les forages n’ont pas dépassé 2 400 mètres. Il souligne qu’on peut vraiement évaluer un gisement à partir de 3 000 mètres de profondeur et souhaite que d’autres compagnies relancent les recherches dans ce domaine.

Selon le directeur du bureau des mines d’autres régions devraient egalement être l’objet de recherches approfondies. Il cite entre autres la presqu’ile du Nord ouest, la presqu’ile du sud et Jérémie. " Nous avons un contexte géographique favorable", argue M. Anglade qui ne sait pas si le pétrole est exxiste en quantité sufisante pour être exploité.

Cependant M. Anglade reconnaît que le prix de l’or noir a connu une croissance exponentielle ces dernières années et suppose que les compagnies qui avaient suspendu les investissements en 1968 ne l’aurait pas fait aujourd’hui.
Le bureau des mines a deja recu des demandes de permis d’étude avoue M. Anglade expliquant qu’il accorde la pruiorité à ces dossiers.

Source: Radio Metropole

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Majescor to Acquire Interest in a Strategic Gold-Copper Property in Haiti by Marketwire, April 23, 2009

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/23/09 -- Majescor Resources Inc. ("Majescor" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: MJX) is pleased to report that it has signed an agreement (the "Agreement") with SIMACT Alliance Copper Gold Inc. ("SIMACT") and its principal shareholders (the "Principals") whereby the Company will acquire a 10% interest in SIMACT, as well an option to acquire the remaining 90% interest. SIMACT, through its 66.4%-owned Haitian affiliate mining company, Societe Miniere du Nord-Est S.A. ("SOMINE"), controls a property with both gold and copper potential, (the "SOMINE Property") located in the North-East mineral district of Haiti. The SOMINE Property lies within a highly prospective volcanic arc environment, host to numerous epithermal gold and porphyry copper occurrences in Haiti, as well as the World-Class Pueblo Viejo gold deposit in the adjacent Dominican Republic. The property holds the historical Blondin and Douvray copper-gold prospects; the historical Faille-B gold prospect; along with a number of recently-discovered copper-gold showings.

Marc-Andre Bernier, President and CEO of the Company states: "Majescor has an established, ten-year long tradition of exploring emerging mineral districts. The deal with SIMACT and its Principals offers a new and unique opportunity for the Company to participate in the evaluation and development of a key property located in the prospective Massif-du-Nord volcanic complex of north-east Haiti.

We believe that the time is right to invest in Haiti and in projects with gold and copper potential. Gold has remained a steady commodity in this economic downturn while copper has just hit a 6-month high. Not only does the SOMINE Property contain three historical copper and gold occurrences, the mineral rights of which are secured under a mining convention with the State, but it is surrounded by ground recently acquired by Eurasian Minerals Inc. and partner Newmont Ventures Ltd. Majescor intends to fast-track the development of the SOMINE Property through further quantification of the three known prospects and the drill testing of new geological targets and ground showings."

SIMACT and SOMINE

SIMACT is a Montreal-based private company headed by a group of Canadian financiers and Haitian-American developers. The alliance aims to promote sustainable mineral development initiatives in Haiti by creating synergies between the Canadian financial and mining communities and the North American Haitian Diaspora.

SIMACT holds title to 66.4 % of all the issued and outstanding shares of SOMINE, a company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Haiti. SOMINE in turn, has 100% title to the SOMINE Property. SOMINE's mineral rights and obligations have been assigned under a mining convention executed with the State of Haiti on May, 5, 2005 (the "Mining Convention"), which covers a 50 km2 Research Permit and is valid until March 9, 2010, and under a Prospecting Permit awarded in 2006. The Prospecting Permit, which encompasses four areas lying to the East, South and Southeast of the permit subject to the Mining Convention, expired in December 2008. SOMINE has requested the conversion of the Prospecting Permit into a Research Permit and has filed all technical and source documents in support of its application with the Haitian Bureau of Mines and Energy. The Research Permit is pending.

The Principals of SIMACT own approximately 80% of SIMACT's issued and outstanding common shares.

Terms of the Agreement
The terms of the Agreement with SIMACT and the Principals can be summarized as follows:

(i) Majescor will acquire from the shareholders of SIMACT 10% of all the issued and outstanding common shares of SIMACT, the whole in consideration of the issuance to all SIMACT shareholders, on a proportionate basis, of 2,000,000 treasury common shares of Majescor, This initial acquisition by Majescor is subject to, among other things: (1) a satisfactory technical and legal due diligence on SIMACT, SOMINE and the SOMINE Property, (2) all SIMACT shareholders accepting to be bound by the terms of the Agreement and (3), all legal and regulatory approvals.

(ii) Concurrently with the initial acquisition by Majescor, SIMACT and the Principals have agreed to grant Majescor an option ("the Option"), the whole in consideration of an option payment of $200,000 to SIMACT (of which a non-refundable payment of $25,000 has been paid by Majescor on the date of execution of the Agreement) and the carrying out by Majescor of $600,000 in exploration work and other related expenses on the SOMINE Property within 8 months following the execution of this Agreement, to purchase all the remaining SIMACT shares and other securities of SIMACT, if any, held by the current SIMACT shareholders, in consideration for the issuance of 10,000,000 treasury common shares of Majescor to be issued to all current SIMACT shareholders on a proportionate basis. This Option, which is also subject to complete and satisfactory due diligence, may be exercised by Majescor within 12 months from the date hereof. The Company is not obliged to exercise the Option, nor will it have any right to exercise the Option prior to incurring the required work expenses referred to above.

SIMACT is the operator of the SOMINE Property. The 2009 exploration program for the property, which has been approved by Majescor, calls for core drilling of one or more of the historical prospects, as well as of a number of the recently outlined geological targets and surface gold and copper showings. Majescor may pay to SIMACT any balance of the $600,000 in work expenditures not yet incurred in lieu of incurring such work expenditures. As the Option may constitute a Reverse Take Over within the meaning of the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange"), the Company will need to obtain all required regulatory and shareholder approvals before exercising the Option.

(iii) Furthermore, in the event that within a period of two years following the exercise of the Option, a NI 43-101 technical report (the "Report") prepared by an independent and accredited reputable engineering or geological consulting firm determines indicated mineral resources on the SOMINE Property to be between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 ounces of gold, or its equivalent in copper, Majescor shall, within 30 days of the report, issue an additional 3,000,000 common treasury shares to current SIMACT shareholders. In the event that the indicated mineral resources on the SOMINE Property are determined by the Report to be equal to or greater than 2,000,000 ounces of gold or its equivalent in copper, Majescor shall, within 30 days of the Report and in addition to the 3,000,000 common shares mentioned hereinabove, issue another 3,000,000 common treasury shares to current SIMACT shareholders. These additional issuances of common shares will also be subject to all required corporate and regulatory approvals.

The Agreement with SIMACT has been approved by all the directors of Majescor, with the exception of Andre Audet, Chairman of Majescor, who declared his interest as a shareholder and director of SIMACT and as such did not participate in the vote.

Regional Geology and Historical Prospects

The SOMINE Property area corresponds to a volcanic arc of Meso-Cenozoic Age that can be traced from Central Cuba through the Dominican Republic and forms part of the NW-trending Mountains of the Massif-du-Nord group. This group is composed mainly of volcanic tuffs and lavas from the volcanic belt, ranging in composition from felsic, through intermediate, to mafic and ultramafic rocks. The belt is composed of numerous lenticular bodies of lava and pyroclastic material of felsic composition, varying from dacite to rhyolite, embedded in a thick series of predominantly mafic volcanoclastic rocks, mainly andesite with lesser amounts of basalts, with numerous intercalations of diverse sedimentary rocks, like radiolarian cherts, carbonate rocks, and tuffs.

Copper and gold are the two main ore types in the area. Copper is usually found associated with the porphyritic facies, the microtonalitic apophyses, and the silicified zones, filling fissures and fractures, as well as disseminated. Within the quartz vein systems, the copper is contained in the chalcopyrite, while the gold appears both as native gold and as a very fine disseminated gold in the sulphide zone. It can also form spectacular concentrations on the oxidised cap. The native gold is usually found associated with chlorite, as well as in grains of pyrite and chalcopyrite. A second generation of gold is usually found associated to the quartz and the chlorite. The gold content is extremely variable.

The SOMINE Property holds the historical Blondin and Douvray copper-gold prospects; the historical Faille-B gold prospect, as well as a number of recently-outlined geochemical and geophysical targets and surface gold-base metal showings that have not yet been drill tested. The Blondin, Douvray and Faille-B prospects have been known since the 1970's and 1980's when they were investigated in some detail by foreign bilateral and multilateral agencies, in particular the United Nations Development Program ("UNDP"), the German Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe ("BGR") and the French Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Miniere ("BRGM"). A series of geochemical and geophysical surveys were carried out on the SOMINE Property. Drilling, trenching, mapping and soil sampling were also performed, as well as metallurgical studies. More recently (1995-2006), the three prospects were investigated by a consortium of Canadian junior mining companies.

The Douvray, Blondin and Faille-B prospects were reviewed by R. Valls of Valls Geoconsultant in 2004 as part of a NI 43-101 qualifying report written by on behalf of Ste-Genevieve Resources Ltd. (acquired by Ascendant Copper Corp., now Copper Mesa Mining Corp.). This report, entitled "Technical Report of the Geology and Mineral Resources of the Douvray - Blondin - Faille B Copper and Gold Prospects in Haiti" is available at www.SEDAR.com.

At Douvray, the German BGR completed a total of 38 diamond drill holes in 1980. An additional 22 holes were drilled at Douvray in the late 1990s. For Blondin, the bulk of the exploration work appears to have been carried out in the 1970's by the UNDP (8 drill holes totalling 1,500 m). Results from a number of grab samples collected by R. Valls returned values ranging from 1.19 to 8.14% Cu for Douvray and from 1.55 to 10.42% Cu for Blondin.

The Faille-B gold prospect was investigated under the UNDP's Revolving Fund for Natural Resources Exploration (1982-1987) with 31 holes drilled over a strike-length of 1.8 km. In the course of a trenching campaign carried out in 2007 by SIMACT on the East and West extensions of the Faille-B prospect, significant values were encountered locally, one vein averaging 42.7 g/t Au over 6 m, including values of 107.5 g/t Au over one meter, 61.4 g/t Au over one meter and 41.2 g/t Au over one meter (see Diagnos Inc press release, October 30, 2007). The Faille-B prospect coincides with a major NW-trending structural lineament which extends through to the Blondin copper prospect.

Field work carried-out by SIMACT elsewhere on the SOMINE property in 2007 focussed on new geological base metals targets. Five grab samples on one of the targets returned copper values of 7.46, 6.21, 9.51, 0.10 and 6.69% Cu respectively. The target represents an outcrop which is highly mineralised over some 20 meters in length and one meter thickness (see Diagnos Inc. press release dated February 29, 2008).

Majescor is a junior explorer focusing on emerging mineral districts. Majescor's project portfolio includes two uranium exploration projects in Quebec and one in the Baker Lake basin in Nunavut. The Quebec properties include Mistassini (100%-owned; under option to Strateco Resources Inc.) and Lac Laparre (100%-owned; under option to Santoy Resources Inc.). In Nunavut, the Company holds 100% mineral rights to the Baker Lake uranium property. In addition to uranium, Majescor owns 100% mineral rights to four gold and base metal properties in Madagascar (under option to Sunridge Gold Corp.), as well as 100% mineral rights to the Mirabelli gold and base metal property in Quebec.
This press release was approved by Jacques Letendre, P.Geo, Director of Majescor, acting as the "Qualified Person" for the Company under National Instrument 43-101.

To find out more about Majescor Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE: MJX), please visit our website at www.majescor.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This News Release may contain or refer to "forward-looking statements" which reflect Management's expectations regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. These statements reflect Management's current beliefs at the time of this news release and are based on information currently available to Management. All statements other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and reserves, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of Majescor Resources inc., are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Management's expectations are exploration risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contacts:
Majescor Resources Inc.
Marc-Andre Bernier
President & CEO
613-241-5333
613-241-8632 (FAX)
marc-andre@majescor.com

Majescor Resources Inc.
Andre Audet
Chairman
613-241-5333
613-241-8632 (FAX)
andre@majescor.com
www.majescor.com
© 2008 SYS-CON Media Inc.

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Canadian company to explore for gold in Haiti
Associated Press, 04.27.09, 06:58 PM EDT

A Montreal-based mining company has announced plans to explore the mountains of northeastern Haiti for gold and copper.

Majescor Resources Inc. will explore the site in a partnership with Simact Mining Holding Inc., a Long Island, New York-based consortium of Haitian American investors.

Majescor President Marc-Andre Bernier said Monday the company is encouraged by explorations that Eurasian Minerals Inc. is conducting at a nearby site.

Gold and copper were found in the Caribbean nation decades ago, but Haiti's instability and lack of infrastructure have discouraged investment.

A Barrick Gold Corp. ( ABX - news - people ) site about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southeast in the Dominican Republic is estimated to contain 20.4 million ounces of gold.

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Gold and copper exploration in Haiti
Caribbean360.com

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 29, 2009 - The northeastern mineral district of Haiti will soon be the site for gold and copper exploration.

A Montreal-based mining company, Majescor Resources Incorporated, has announced it will explore the area in a partnership with a New-York-based consortium of Haitian American investors, hoping to make finds similar to those decades ago.

The company said the area has significant prospects.

Majescor recently signed an agreement with the private company headed by a group of Canadian financiers and Haitian-American developers, SIMACT Alliance Copper Gold, to acquire a 10 per cent interest in that company, as well an option to acquire the remaining 90 per cent interest.

"The deal with SIMACT and its Principals offers a new and unique opportunity for the company to participate in the evaluation and development of a key property located in the prospective Massif-du-Nord volcanic complex of north-east Haiti," said Marc-Andre Bernier, President and CEO of the Majescor in a release issued by the company.

"We believe that the time is right to invest in Haiti and in projects with gold and copper potential."

Gold and copper were found in Haiti decades ago, but the country's instability and lack of infrastructure have discouraged investment.

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Sirona Fuels Launches Jatropha Community Farming in Haiti |Crushing and Export Program for Existing Projects, Aprill 27, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sirona Fuels, an emerging leader in alternative fuels, announced today that it has begun Jatropha planting operations in Haiti over the past month in a joint venture with 3C Missions, an organization that has established a relief fund for over 1,100 orphaned children in Haiti. Sirona intends to harvest and crush the Jatropha in Haiti, and refine it into a high-quality B100 Biodiesel in the United States. Sirona's nursery operations include planting multiple strains of seeds and seedlings that will be intercropped with Moringa trees. Moringa leaves are high in protein and nutrients and can be simply processed into a micronutrient powder to fight malnutrition.

“Planting our first Jatropha in Haiti is an important milestone for us and for our Haitian partners,” said Paul Lacourciere, Sirona's CEO. "This represents a critical step in changing the lives of the farmers in Haiti while creating the opportunity for us to deliver high-quality biodiesel that aids in lowering American’s carbon emissions. Additionally, Sirona has also partnered with Haitian farmers that have dedicated land to planting Jatropha, but have not been able to get their product to market.”

In an effort to spark economy in the region, Sirona will not take ownership of the Haitian Jatropha farms, but rather form a partnership by providing the equipment, seeds, seedlings and technical advice necessary to grow commercially viable Jatropha. The Sirona Cares foundation is also ramping up its activities in the communities in which the Sirona Fuels community farms are located. Among other activities it is distributing medical supplies and mosquito nets to assist communities that are trying to rebuild after last year's devastating hurricanes.

By working with sustainable and affordable feedstocks like used cooking oil and jatropha, Sirona’s business model is designed to stabilize fuel prices for its customers, provide sustainable revenue to its suppliers and make significant volumes of high-quality biodiesel available to the market. Sirona has identified commercial sources for jatropha in several countries and is developing businesses that will promote the establishment of jatropha farms in Haiti, India and other developing countries.

For further information, please visit www.sironafuels.com.

About Sirona Fuels
Sirona Fuels is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with refinery operations in Oakland, CA. Sirona addresses the unmet needs of diverse constituencies in the biodiesel ecosystem to help close the streams of waste and reduce the impacts that energy needs create. The company currently produces a low-carbon, ASTM-spec biodiesel from its used cooking oil collection and refining business and is expanding its feedstock intake to include jatropha. The company’s production model revolves around sustainable feedstocks that in-turn provide an affordable, environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum diesel. Sirona is a proud supporter of the local and international communities and businesses that help provide the company with its feedstock. For more information please visit www.sironafuels.com.

Contact:

Horn Group for Sirona Fuels
John O'Brien, 415-905-4006
jobrien@horngroup.com

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Chevron to Sell Fuels Marketing Businesses in Haiti
By: Business Wire | 02 Jun 2009 | 11:00 AM ET

http://www.cnbc.com/id/31064628
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SAN RAMON, Calif., Jun 02, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) today announced that it has entered into a securities purchase agreement to sell its fuels marketing businesses in Haiti to Medley Capital Limited, a company owned by GB Group, a Haiti-based industrial group with core holdings in energy, steel and food products.

Under the terms of the agreement, which are subject to various closing conditions, Medley Capital Limited would acquire 58 service stations, a portfolio of approximately 120 commercial and industrial customers, and other lines of business. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"The proposed sale of our fuels marketing businesses in Haiti is consistent with our ongoing effort to concentrate resources and capital on strategic, global assets," said Shariq Yosufzai, president, Global Marketing, Chevron.

Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products;manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif.

More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information for the Purpose of "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Some of the items discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements about Chevron's activities in Haiti. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "budgets" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The statements are based upon management's current expectations, estimates and projections; are not guarantees of future performance; and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the company's control and are difficult to predict.

You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, Chevron undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE: Chevron Corporation CONTACT: Chevron Corporation Lloyd Avram, 925-842-3422 avrl@chevron.com Copyright Business Wire 2009 -0- KEYWORD: United States


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Pétrole en Haiti, Par Dr. Georges Michel, webzinemaker.com

Depuis des temps immémoriaux, ce n'est un secret pour personne que dans le sous-sol des deux états qui se partagent l'Ile d'Haïti et dans les eaux avoisinantes, il existe d'importants dépôts d'hydrocarbures encore inexploités, on ne sait pourquoi. Déjà au début du XXème siècle , la carte physique et politique de l'Ile d'Haïti, dressée en 1908 par Messieurs Alexandre Poujol et Henry Thomasset, signalait un important gisement de pétrole en Haïti au voisinage de source du Rio Todo El Mondo, Affluent de droite du fleuve Artibonite, plus connu aujourd'hui sous le nom de Rivière de Thomonde. (le mot Thomonde viendrait-il de Todo El Mondo?) le gisement du pétrole en question se trouve à cheval sur la limite entre les arrondissements de Hinche et de Mirebalais, dans une zone montagneuse, située au pied de la chaîne des Montagnes Noires, en direction plein ouest de Thomonde.

La même carte signale un gisement de pétrole dans la plaine dominicaine d'Azua, à une faible distance au nord de la République Dominicaine de la ville d'Azua. D'après les informations dont nous disposons, ce dernier gisement en République Dominicaine avait été mis effectivement en exploitation dans la première moitié de ce siècle il avait produit jusqu'á 60.000 barils de pétrole par jour, puis avait été fermé, ayant été jugé à l'époque "insuffisamment rentable". Toujours pour rester en République Dominicaine, on annonçait qu'en 1982 il avait été découvert en face de cette plaine d'Azua, un immense gisement de pétrole off-shore au large de Barahona, mais que ce gisement avait été laissé inexploité.

Ceux qui ont fait le voyage Port-au-Prince/Santo-Domingo peuvent témoigner que la plaine d'Azua et son littoral ressemble à s'y méprendre à la zone de Vieux-Bourg d'Aquin et du littoral correspondant. Il ya des chances raisonnables qu'il y ait donc des dépots d'hydrocarbures dans la région haïtienne homologue, d'autant que nous sommes laissé dire que dans la plaine des Cayes il y avait des indices géologiques de présence de pétrole, de même que dans la baie des Cayes, entre les Cayes et l'Ile-à-Vache.

Nous nous baignions en 1975 à Cayes-à-l'Eau, quant nous eûmes les pieds souillés par une sorte d'huile noirâtre qui suintait du fond marin. Un pêcheur du lieu nous avait expliqué que c'était chose courante en cet endroit.

Il en fait rapport d'un phénomène similaire dans d'autres régions du pays. Paraît-il en Plaine de Léogane et au pied du Morne-à-Cabrit. On a signalé également la présence de schistes bitumineux dans le Département de la Grand-Anse.

Toujours est-il qu'il existe de nombreux endroits dans notre île (Haïti et République Domincaine) qui présentent tous les critères géoligiques de présence d'hydrocarbures. En Haïti, citons la plaine des Cayes, la plaine de Léogane, la plaine du Cul-de-Sac, la plaine des Gonaïves et la Savane désolée, la Plaine du Nord. L'Ile de la Gonâve et les littéraux correspondants pour les gisements off-shore. Dans cette liste, il ne faut pas oublier le grand bassin sédimentaire haïtien du Plateau Central.

Dans le courant des années 50, la Compagnie Knappen-Tippen-Abbet (surnommée par les populations locales (Compagnie Ti-pain à beurre) avait effectué des forages à la Gonâve, en plaine de Cul-de-Sac, au Plateau-Central et dans la région des Gonaïves. Tous ces forages s'étaient avérés extrêmement prometteurs et les résultats avaient été au-delà des espérances. Cependant, les grosses multinationales pétrolières, dont certaines opéraient en Haïti, avaient fait pression pour que les gisements découverts ne fussent pas exploités. Haïti n'était ni l'Arabie Saoudite ni le Koweit. A une époque où le baril de pétrole brut se vendait un peu plus d'un dollar, et que le Golfe Persique en fournissait à gogo, il n'y avait aucune raison pour ces Compagnies de mettre en exploitation des gisements beaucoup moins rentables, alors que l'ARAMCO faisait la pluie et le beau temps en Arabie, à vil prix, pillant même les précieuses ressources pétrolières de ce royaume.

On garderait les gisements haïtiens ainsi que d'autres gisements en réserve pour le XXIème quand la pactole moyen-oriental se serait tari. C'est ce qui arriva!. Les puits de la Knappen-Tippen-Abbet furent numérotés, soigneusement cadenassés ou scellés avec du ciment et on les oublia.

Les rapports de cette immense campagne de forage ne furent, semble t-il jamais communiqués aux Haïtiens. Pensez-vous, on n'allait jamais remettre à ce ramassis de nègres arriérés des informations qui leurs permettraient de travailler à leur libération économique. Ce serait les rendre trop puissants et donner trop de pouvoir à la petite Haïti.

Les Haïtiens n'avaient qu'a attendre un demi-siècle ou un siècle pour cela. Cependant, la campagne fructueuse de Knappen-Tibben-Abbet donna l'occasion à de nombreuses promotions d'écoles haïtiens, préparant leur certificat d'Etudes Primaires et étudiant dans le manuel de géographie d'Haïti des Frères de l'Instruction Chrétienne, d'apprendre que notre sol possédait des gisements de pétrole, au Plateau Central, et à la Gonâve. Ce n'était pas tombé dans l'oreille d'un sourd…

Il est généralement admis dans tous les milieux pétroliers qu'il existe des gisements d'hydrocarbures dans le sous-sol de l'île d'Haïti, mais ces milieux ne sont pas pressés de les mettre en exploitation, tellement les réserves aisement disponibles et déjà répertoriées sont importantes dans les grandes régions productrices de pétrole du monde. On aura toujours le temps de penser à l'île d'Haïti.

On a cependant failli penser à nous lors de la crise du Golfe quant les gisements Kowetiens, Saoudiens et autres étaient menacés par Saddam Hussein. Si les cubains n'avaient pas fait de grands efforts par eux-mêmes pour mettre leur pétrole en exploitation, personne ne l'aurait fait pour eux à leur place. Si ce n'étaient pas les efforts des Cubains, le pétrole cubain serait logé dans les entrailles de la terre, comme l'est toujours le pétrole haïtien. La balle est dans notre camp…

Si les grandes compagnies ne sont pas intéressées à s'occuper de nous et de notre pétrole, nous aurions pu demander à nos voisins cubains de venir nous aider à exploiter notre pétrole.

Dans leur quête dramatique pour le pétrole, les cubains ont développé une technologie et un savoir-faire dont nous pourrions, en échange de leurs services, céder aux cubains une partie de la production pétrolière nationale et leur donner une part de bénéfices. Une mission de responsables gouvernementaux et d'hommes d'affaires haïtiens devrait partir pour Cuba en ce sens.

La triste affaire de l'embargo international à bien montré que nous devons nous débrouiller tous seuls, et surtout que nous n'avons pas à attendre les O.K. du grand Voisin du Nord pour ce qui touche à nos intérêts vitaux. L'ensemble du corps social a pu voir et bien se rendre compte de la manière dont le Grand Voisin du Nord nous a traités et nous traitera encore à l'avenir. Haïti ne sera sauvée que par les Haïtiens, et par les Haïtiens seuls, c'est la principale leçon de l'embargo.

Si notre pétrole avait été disponible, on aurait pas été forcé de capituler honteusement à la suite du blocus pétrolier décidé au mépris du droit international avec leur infâme résolution 841, par les grandes puissances portant désormais le nom pompeux et ridicule de " communauté internationale".

Nos responsables, nos grands brasseurs d'affaires, nos économistes ultra-libéraux, nos grands contrebandiers, nos Chicagos-Boys anti-nationaux et autres ruffians, auraient préféré importé de l'air, plutôt que de mettre en exploitation les ressources d'Haïti. Avec un zèle qu'il est difficile à comprendre, ils obéissent au doigt et à l'oeil aux injonctions du FMI et de la Banque Mondiale, et se mettent avec ces deux organismes pour détruire l'économie haïtienne, et en particulier notre précieuse agriculture.

Néanmoins, ils se retrouvent bien attrapés et nous avec, quand pour l'impérialisme, pour satisfaire ses macabres desseins, décide d'imposer un embargo, le dernier embargo (il y en aura peut-être d'autres à l'avenir, qui sait?) a prouvé qu'il faut accéler l'intégration économique avec la République Dominicaine.

Les deux Républiques devraient s'engager par traité à se fournir mutuellement du pétrole quelques que soient les décisions d'une tierce partie. La construction d'un oléoduc transinsulaire, Barahona-Port-au-Prince, pourrait être un élément de cette intégration pétrolière entre les deux pays qui se partagent l'île.

En attendant de pouvoir consommer notre pétrole dont les excédents fournissaient aussi de précieuses devises dont nous avons besoin, il faut augmenter les capacités de stockage de produits pétroliers sur le territoire de la République, et de constituer d'importants réserves stratégiques. L'embargo pétrolier de 1991 est par ailleurs un argument de poids pour la reconstruction de nos chemins de fer
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Dr Georges Michel
27 mars 2004

 
Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!

‘...Hayti (is) the glory of the blacks and terror of tyrants...I hope that she may be united, keeping a strict look-out for tyrants, for if they get the least chance to injure her, they will avail themselves of it...But one thing which gives me joy is, that they (the Haitians) are men (and women) who would be cut off to a man before they would yield to the combined forces of the whole world-----in fact, if the whole world was combined against them it could not do anything with them...’ ---David Walker
from: David Walker’s Appeal, 1829

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