Off-shore drilling approval in southern Italy denounced

Mayor vows to fight exploration near Tremiti marine reserve

Off-shore drilling approval in southern Italy denounced

(ANSA) - Foggia, August 30 - Local officials and politicians denounced Italy's environment minister Thursday 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. Italian environment minister Corrado Clini gave his approval in the last few days to a prospecting proposal by the Irish company Petrolceltic, Fentini learned. Euro-deputy Salvatore Tatarella and Puglia's regional head for the centre-right People of Freedom party, Rocco Palese, also condemned the approval.

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