Hydrocarbons exploration drilling at Ionian sea contested by environmentalists

by Newsroom 2019-02-27 19:53:13

Athens, 21.02.2019 | Environmental activists and citizens, supported by Greenpeace and WWF, rallied against hydrocarbons exploration in Greece.  

Greece has entered the final stretch towards the start of hydrocarbons exploration drilling in the Ionian sea in western Greece in 2019, while at least 500 million euros (567.6 million U.S. dollars) are expected to be invested on the entire project over the next seven to eight years.

A consortium of US oil and gas giant ExxonMobil, French energy major Total, and Greece’s Hellenic Petroleum (HELPE) has been awarded a tender to explore for oil and gas off the island of Crete, Greece’s Energy and Environment Ministry granted on July, 2018.

According to environmentalists, iconic and ecologically sensitive marine and coastal areas are at serious risk by the ongoing oil and gas exploitation frenzy currently pushed by the Greek Government.

''In addition to the impact of burning fossil fuels as the main cause of climate change, oil drilling causes severe impacts on the areas of concern and undermines the potential of local economies for sustainable development'' - WWF Greece

Protestor against hydrocarbons exploration in Athens | Photo - Giorgos Panagakis / IndieFrame

The protests were so far peaceful. Hundreds attended and marched on the streets of Greek capital. March ended in front of Parliament, where people held placards with anti-climate change messages.

:: Reported for IndieFrame by Giorgos Panagakis