Plea to stop Canaries oil prospecting

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10 August 2004, MADRID - Spanish ecologists are urging environment minister Cristina Narbona to help prevent new attempts to begin oil prospecting off the Canary Islands.

10 August 2004

MADRID - Spanish ecologists are urging environment minister Cristina Narbona to help prevent new attempts to begin oil prospecting off the Canary Islands.

The move comes as the formerly state-owned petrol company, Repsol, is seeking a royal decree to restart exploration in the archipelago after its initial efforts were halted by the High Court.

Ecologists' association, ADENA, said on Tuesday that the Industry Ministry is preparing a change in legislation that would effectively allow Repsol to circumvent the court's ruling.

To counter this move, the organisation said it had sent a letter to Narbona, asking her not to support the proposed royal decree at the next cabinet meeting.

ADENA said it is also preparing to relaunch the campaign it began two years ago to fight against oil prospecting in the waters around the Canary Islands.

Any efforts to restart drilling could see the installation of platforms off the coasts of both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, the association claimed.

"If these plans were to be carried out, the biodiversity of the Canaries, its fishing, the health of citizens and tourism would all face serious danger from the risk of an environmental catastrophe or oil spills in the sea," said ADENA.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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