MARBELLA Town Hall has rejected the government backed plan to search for oil and gas off the Costa del Sol.
Mayor Angeles Muñoz considers the measure ‘diametrically opposed to tourism’, and has set her Conservative PP party against the measure.
The mayor, who was voted in last year, insists it puts the environment of the area ‘in danger’ and intends to submit proposal to halt the plans.
The Costa del Sol is among a list of new areas where the central government has authorised prospecting to be carried out.
But Muñoz said: ‘It puts our coast and eco-system in danger. We cannot tolerate them playing with the future of the Costa del Sol and our coastline’.
She also laid emphasis on the many families whose livelihoods depend on tourism.
However Diego Lara from the Socialist party called their statements ‘alarmist’ and said that once again the Mayor had used the Town Hall as a ‘missile against the Government’.
He added: “Her position is totally hypocritical, I have never before seen her do anything close to safeguarding the environment our coast.
“This permission is the third of its kind to be granted in the last 10 years in the Costa del Sol.”
And he noted earlier permission had been granted when the PP was in power, namely in October 2001 when the government of Jose Maria Aznar gave permission to Conoco and in February 2004 when the PP granted permits to Repsol.