6 Aug, 2011 @ 09:00
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Donana pipeline ‘viable’

THE boss of a two billion euro oil pipeline project that could endanger Donana National Park status insists the scheme is ‘viable’.

Juan Sillero, head of Balboa Refinery blames the Junta’s Environment Ministry for stalling the project due to a ‘lack of political will’.

He insists the 200km pipeline, which would stretch from Huelva to inland Badajoz would be at least 20kms outside the park.

“It will be built, as much as possible, in parallel with existing infrastructures such as roads and railways to cause the least possible environmental damage,” he insisted.

The Andalucian government stated that while it was not against the project the Junta had to balance the benefits of generating employment with protecting the environment.

It comes after UNESCO insisted the project could lose the park its World Heritage status if it went ahead.

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