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Nicaragua denies plans to drill oil in biosphere reserve

Friday, December 7, 2012

The government of Nicaragua will not grant concessions for the exploration of oil in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, which it now shares with Colombia, said the Nicaraguan ex-chancellor, Francisco Aguirre.

The Reserve was declared a world ecological heritage site by Unesco, which is why the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, assured it will be left untouched.

Earlier this weekSpain's Repsol showed interest in exploring for oil in the Nicaraguan Caribbean sea, although the area to explore has not yet been defined, said Nicaraguan Energy and Mining minister, Emilio Rappaccioli.

Full story (in Spanish)