Donana under threat from gas extraction

LAST UPDATED: 12 Jan, 2015 @ 06:55
Donana under threat from gas extraction

By James Bryce

ONE of Spain’s most important conservation zones is under threat after a gas company was granted permission to drill for gas in the area.

The site is on the border of Donana National Park in Andalucia, which is a key habitat for the endangered Iberian Lynx.

Petroleum Oil Gas-Espana has been given the go-ahead to analyse the soil to determine the potential profitability of gas extraction in the region.

The project, which could include the construction of an 18 kilometre-long gas pipe, moved a step closer to reality following the granting of a Declaration of Environmental Impact document.

“The foremost goal of this project is the production of natural gas, and the second goal is to later use the deposits as underground gas storage,” according to a government spokesman.


  1. Watch out if this means gas ‘fracking’ gets popular and spreads over Spain. There’s a film called Gasland to explain more – worth a watch

  2. Fred, you haven’t heard of all the ecologists groups in Spain? here is one: “”
    Join a local group and you will see that they do.

  3. Jane, I already belong to a number of local groups. What I mean is, that the public at large do not have much interest in conservation and the environment as a whole. This is borne out by the Spanish mentality. They are serial litterers, they dump rubbish and other material all over the place; they build in an environmentally unfriendly way, they don’t build proper water retention devices or utilise water properly; they pollute the local waters and lakes by emptying sewage into them because it’s cheap and easy to do so, the list goes on and on. The UK used to be a bit like this in the 1950’s I guess – this is where Spain is at now really, environmentally speaking.

  4. The earth is being destroyed, but the evil in it, is not being
    destroyed with it.

    It is hard to fight many things in Spain because of corruption, and who you know, but it is heartwarming to
    see so many Spanish groups fighting to save our environment.