Outrage as gas company awarded millions to operate in Donana National Park

donana park e
FLAMINGOS: Residents at the Donana national reserve, among the most important wetlands in Europe

Greater flamingos, Coto Doñana National Park, SpainTHE government has been condemned for committing an ‘atrocity’ in compensating a controversial gas company at the centre of a national park row.

The Spanish government has doled out €6,342,854.96 to Utility giant Gas Natural Fenosa, which was granted permission to store underground gas at fragile Donana National Park.

It revealed the payment – which it insists the company was due – in a press release published over the festive season.

Opposition parties against the company’s operations in the park, which lies across the provinces of Huelva and Sevilla, were quick to condemn the decision.

The famous wetland, a paradise for birdlife, is currently in danger of losing its UNESCO World Heritage Site status due to a lack of adequate protection.

“It’s an atrocity, it is like the government has given them a reward for poisoning those of us who live in the surroundings of Doñana”, raged Amaro Huelva, PSOE senator for Huelva.

He added that the Junta de Andalucía and the PSOE would both act to ensure that ‘this natural gas project is not carried out.’


Chloe Glover (Reporter)

DO YOU HAVE NEWS FOR US at Spain’s most popular English newspaper - the Olive Press? Contact us now via email: [email protected] or call 951 273 575. To contact the newsdesk out of regular office hours please call +34 665 798 618.


  1. This was a major news item on TF1 in France the other night, showing an illegal pumping from the Park to a farm outside. It was mentioned the the Spanish State was’nt interested in disconnection and prosecution.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

olive oil  e
Previous Story

Spain’s dominance in olive oil market surges as Italy lags

sparklng winnnne
Next Story

English sparkling wine explodes onto international market

Latest from Business & Finance

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press