The Spanish Government approved, in March 2012, the beginning of oil exploration drilling in the Canary Islands sea, at just 10 km from the main beaches of the island of Fuerteventura and 18 km from the island of Lanzarote, both of which are designated Biosphere Reserves.
The oil drilling will take place at a depth of more than 5,000 metres, below a seabed situated in ultra-deep waters more than 1,500 meters below the surface of the sea. Furthermore, this ocean floor has recorded consistently intense seismic activity. This undoubtedly increases the risk to the islands, given that 100% of the drinking water is obtained from the sea.
Canary Islands archipelago has got 7.000 km² and hosts more than 19.000 species of flora and fauna, of which 5,000 are unique on the planet. Furthermore, the Canaries feature four National Parks, and more than 47% of the islands’ territory is protected by agreements and laws of the United Nations, the European Union and Spain. However, the Spanish authorities and the three multinational companies responsible for this project (REPSOL, RWE and WOODSIDE) have taken these values in a minimum consideration, and they also not taken into account the criteria of the Canary Islands Government, nor that of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura’s Council.
Universities and scientific committees of more than 100 countries, UICN, organizations like Oceana, Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of Earth,Ben Magec/Ecologistas en Acción, SECAC (Society for the Studies of Cetaceans on the Canary Archipelago), cultural, artistic, social foundations and thousands of individuals oppose this project. Renowned European tour operators have also alerted about the threat of oil drilling, as they may seriously damage the tourism sector, which is the main economic resource of the Canary Islands.
Trenca is also supporting this campaign. Lend a hand and sign the collaboration request from savecanarias.org to stop this environmental threat on:
(You can also read and sign the request form in English. When opening the site savecanarias.org, at the top on the left you will find a small grey flag; just cliking on it, small flags will be displayed showing request versions in different languages.)