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HAShe day after an illustration in opposition to the A69 motorway venture linking Toulouse to Castres, environmental activist Greta Thunberg marched in Bordeaux this Sunday, February 11. She accompanied a number of thousand folks demanding the stopping of a venture of eight new oil drilling close to Arcachon (Gironde).

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If the younger Swedish girl, wearing Palestinian keffiyeh and pink raincoat, didn’t communicate this Sunday, she danced and chanted slogans in French and English in opposition to the oil trade.

“Fed up with oil”, “And what else? »… So many messages plastered on the signs of demonstrators, gathered at the call of the Stop Pétrole Bassin d'Arcachon collective, which claimed 3,000 demonstrators. The prefecture counted 1,200.

1500 barrels per day

“The exit from fossil fuels must begin now by refusing this project,” demanded Natalie Hervé, spokesperson for the collective, describing these drillings as a “bad signal” for France’s environmental ambitions. As a reminder, in 2017, the federal government voted for a gradual cessation of hydrocarbon exploitation by 2040.

These new drillings in Gironde are desired by the Canadian group Vermilion Energy, holder till January 1, 2035 of a concession operated because the Nineteen Sixties within the city of Teste-de-Buch, the place the forest had been ravaged by fires from summer season 2022.

READ ALSO “Political ecology rejects progress”Around fifty wells there at the moment produce round 1,500 barrels per day. After a month of public inquiry, the investigating commissioner issued a positive opinion. The investigation is now being carried out by the Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing (Dreal) and the venture will then be submitted to a departmental committee answerable for giving an opinion within the spring. It will lastly be as much as the prefect of Gironde to resolve. In the occasion of authorization, the opponents recommend that they are going to refer the matter to the executive courtroom.