Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Italian govt to rethink ban on off-shore drilling


(ANSA) - Rome, September 6 - A current ban on offshore
drilling could be soon rethought by the Italian government,
sources said Thursday.
A new national energy strategy that reconsiders the 2010
ban on offshore oil and gas drilling is in the works.
As a result, companies may be permitted to start drilling
operations within a 12-mile limit off Italy's coast in protected
areas, and within five miles of other coastal areas.
The Italian government has been under pressure to permit
more energy projects, which could provide a much-needed source
of tax revenues as well as new energy sources.
However, offshore drilling and exploration remains
controversial in Italy.
On Thursday, the mayors of such coastal communities as
Molise, Abruzzo and Puglia, the provinces of Pescara, Chieti,
Foggia and Campobasso began organizing a series of initiatives
to counter drilling in the Adriatic.
Local officials and politicians recently denounced Italy's
environment minister for approving off-shore petrol exploration
near the Tremiti islands' marine reserve in the southern Italian
region of Puglia.
"This is the umpteenth proof of worrying inattention by the
(state) toward the territory, stripped of any value other than
those permeated by squalid commodification," the mayor of the
Tremiti islands, Antonio Fentini, said in a written statement in
which he vowed to fight the decision.
Fentini said that Italian environment minister Corrado
Clini gave his approval in the last few days to a prospecting
proposal by the Irish company Petrolceltic.

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