Termoli (Campobasso)

Molise, Abruzzo, Puglia up in arms against sea oil drills

Nature reserve risks damage

Molise, Abruzzo, Puglia up in arms against sea oil drills

(ANSA) - Termoli (Campobasso), August 31 - The Italian government is getting ready to prospect for oil near the Tremiti Islands, a protected marine reserve off the coast of Molise but belonging to Puglia, and local officials are up in arms. Italy's Culture and Environmental Ministries authorized Dublin-listed oil and gas explorer Petroceltic International PLC to conduct geo-seismic prospecting near the protected marine area. Gargano National Park President Stefano Pecorella and Park Community President Ersilia Nobile have called a meeting with Puglia Regional President Nichi Vendola, Foggia Province President Antonio Pepe, and the mayors of 18 area towns to come up with a plan of action. The meeting is to be held at 9.30 am on September 4 at Gargano National Park headquarters in Monte Sant'Angelo (near Foggia). In a separate action, Termoli Mayor Antonio Di Brino and Tremiti Islands Mayor Antonio Fentini have called a September 6 meeting with all the Molise, Abruzzo and Puglia coastal towns as well as Gargano National Park authorites. The protest has been ongoing since 2011, when late singer Lucio Dalla sang at a demonstration in Termoli, and called on then Environmental Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo to stop the oil drills off lower Italy's beautiful Adriatic coast.

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