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No sunbathing ban, so why oil? 

Sunbathing can be bad for you but should the Canary Islands put a ban on it? Similarly, people die in car accidents so does that mean all car factories should be closed down?

These are the questions raised last week by Spain’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria as controversy continues to rage over imminent oil exploration off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

The Canary PP leader said there might be a slight risk involved but there was in sunbathing too but would anyone consider a ban?

He believes the prospect of finding oil in the waters off the Canary Islands would bring benefits for the archipelago which is why Spain has given the provisional go-ahead to Repsol (currently preparing full environmental reports). The Canary Government is, however, strongly against drilling as are environmental groups and authorities across the islands.

Sr. Soria said they were prepared to take the risk because of the economic boost oil exploration would bring and it could be a complement to tourism.

He said tourism was not bringing more jobs as unemployment reached 33% despite the arrival of 12 million visitors each year. Repsol estimates that 3,000 to 5,000 jobs could be created over 20 years.