Mammoth, worldwide petition could ruin Repsol oil-drill plan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASOME 200,000 people have now signed an online petition to try to halt the controversial search for oil in Canary Island waters.

The petition was presented to Repsol’s Madrid head offices on Tuesday) by representatives from Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Ecologists in Action, SEO/Birdlife and the WWF.

It contains signatures from people in 183 countries, all of whom are calling for a halt to Repsol’s search for oil off the Canaries.

They hope their action will force the prospecting to stop – avoiding what they call the “disaster” of a potential oil spill in an area less than 10 kilometres offshore.

It is close to an area proposed for protection as a Site of Marine Community Interest (LIC).

The petition was accompanied by a letter to Repsol president Antonio Brufau, calling for an “immediate” suspension of the project.

Various NGOs (Non Government Organisations) were present, along with representatives of the Canaries’ government, the Fuerteventura and Lanzarote Caabildos and the Brotherhood of Fishermen of La Restinga (El Hierro).

The letter includes a plea for Brufau to “observe and accept, without delay, the demands of the population of the Canary Islands, the international tourism industry, and the scientific community.”

In particular, consideration was requested for the people of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, two islands which have no fresh water supply, and rely wholly on desalination for their domestic supply.

In addition, the NGOs expressed their dissatisfaction with decisions the Ministry for the Environment will take, which they believe will threaten, rather than guarantee, the conservation of one of the world’s richest area for biodiversity.

The area where drilling is planned is a stretch of 616,000 hectares, 9.7 kilometres off Fuerteventura, and 18 kilometres off Lanzarote.

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