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Oil earthquake fears “not justified” 


Experts have played down fears that any future earthquakes under the sea-bed off Fuerteventura and Lanzarote could prove disastrous during oil drilling.

The two islands are furious that Repsol’s plans are still going ahead, despite continued objections from all sections of the Canary Islands and two recent tremors near where test holes are to be sunk.

Environmentalists say the beaches could be flooded with oil and wildlife destroyed if there were further earthquakes which ruptured oil pipe lines.

However, experts say this is not the case and earthquake activity in the vicinity is minimal.

The Association of Geologists of Spain says there is no danger at all and stronger quakes were very unlikely to occur.

The Spanish Government still insists oil drilling by Repsol will be entirely safe and will not threaten the environment of the Canaries.

Meantime, another row has broken out because the Government has chosen August to release Repsol’s environmental safeguard plan to the public for consultation.

President of Fuerteventura Cabildo, Mario Cabrera says this will hinder the participation of social and environmental groups.