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SLICK DECISION Sun Sets On Oil Exploration In Canaries

Friday June 10, 2016

SLICK DECISION Sun Sets On Oil Exploration In Canaries

Activists across the Canaries are celebrating as a result of a ruling by the Supreme Court of the Canary Islands that effectively extinguishes the possibility of oil exploration and production in the waters of the archipelago.

Spanish petro giants Repsol stirred up mass protests across the islands when they announced plans to prospect and ultimately drill for oil a couple of years ago. Not least as their plans theatened to site oil rigs some 50km from the south east coast of both Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, raising the inevitable spectre of slicks and spills ruining beaches and threatening marine wildlife and eco systems.

Repsol renounced any intention to proceed with prospecting in early 2015 and some of the national politicians who backed them, such as Jose Manuel Soria, have now quietly slinked away from the scene, mired in scandal and corruption.

But now this nightmare scenario for the environment and tourist industry has been officially and finally terminated as the Supreme Court has ruled that permission for exploratory wells has now been totally rescinded.

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