THE Spanish government has rejected a last-ditch attempt to stop prospecting for gas off the coast of Motril.
In a written reply, it insists there can be ‘no technical argument’ to prevent it from taking place next year.
Canadian multinational CNWL Oil was given the green light in 2010 to look for hydrocarbons on the condition the company meets all the environmental requirements.
A spokesman for Malaga’s Izquierda Plural political party sent a written question to the government in the hope the project to drill off the Costa Tropical would be abandoned.
But a government spokesman said: “There is not sufficient technical argument to justify a blanket prohibition to search for gas.”
“The current legislation provides measures and adequate safeguards for the proper conduct of the investigation to ensure the marine environment is protected.”
It said CNWL Oil still has to carry out an environmental impact study to ‘identify and quantify all the potential impacts that the operations they intend to perform could cause’.
Drilling is unlikely to start before next year.