Alboran Sea NerjaThe green political party EQUO has organised a demonstration on Sunday, January 15 at 12.30pm, to protest against the planned oil exploration that is going to be carried out in the seas near to Nerja, off Motril.

The Canadian-owned multinational CNWL OIL has been licensed by the national government to prospect for oil and gas. The work will last for approximately one month and will cover an area of 150,000 hectares. The project was approved by the previous government last year, despite the objections of local politicians and environmental groups.

The mayor of Torrox, Francisco Muñoz (PSOE), said that tourism and fishing should take precedence over other industries: “The priority must be to not threaten tourism, which is the main source of income for the Costa del Sol. If this action has any negative impact on this sector or on the fishing industry, which in the port of Caleta is one of the most important in Malaga, the government should halt the project.”

The green political party Equo stressed that “this activity will present a high risk to the safety of people and marine life in the event of an accident, and will further impact on a coast already damaged by decades of urban and tourist development and is an obvious risk to a major breeding area for whales in the Mediterranean. “.

The protest will take place at the Mirador de Güilche restaurant close to the boundary of Torrox and Nerja at 12.30pm and there is ample free parking.

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