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Canaries do not want oil extraction

Lanzarote, playa de Famara

Lanzarote, foto: Wikipedia

Last Monday Canarian president Paulino Rivero had a meeting with oil company Repsol’s chairman Antonio Brufau to prevent the company’s plans for oil drilling off the coast of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Rivero said during the hour-long meeting that the rulers of the Canary Islands stands firm in its decision not to allow further planning, mainly for environmental reasons. We will use all available means, political, social and legal to prevent this, he said.

Brufau said that Repsol will take all safety measures to ensure environmental safety, and that the project will be much income spent on the islands. According to estimates, about 50 million barrels of crude oil will be extracted annually, which would mean an income of between 3500 -5000 million euros for the Canary Islands.

Rivero requires that the Spanish president Mariano Rajoy takes an active part in the matter and has requested a meeting with the government to seek support.

The thing may be decided through a referendum, then the Canary parliament recently approved a petition to do just that.