Tourists walk in front of the drilling rig now in the port of Tenerife.

16-01-2015Cristobal Garc

Palma.—The Balearic government yesterday reiterated its opposition to oil and gas prospecting in local waters.
The move came after Spanish energy company Repsol  abandoned a controversial oil and gas exploration off the Canary Islands saying it only found small deposits that were not worth drilling.
Balearic government spokesperson and Minister for Education, Nuria Riera, said that the Balearic government is still deeply opposed to prospecting going ahead in Balearic waters and that the fact that Repsol has decided to withdraw from the Canary Islands and environmental impact studies have so far urged  central government from permitting prospecting from going ahead, has boosted the Balearic government’s confidence that  prospecting in local waters will be blocked.
That said, Riera made it quite clear, events in the Canary Islands have not changed the Balearic government’s position.


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