Boat protest against Canaries oil prospecting

A volunteer from a concentration of boats protesting against oil exploration in Spain's Canary Islands by REPSOL holds a flag as she swims between the island of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, December 13, 2014Protesters plunged half-naked into the icy sea and unfurled banners Saturday to try to stop oil prospecting near Spain’s Canary Islands, a major tourist destination. Ten boats from the archipelago took protesters eight nautical miles from where Spanish firm Repsol is exploring with a view to possibly drilling off the islands in the Atlantic ocean. Protesters warn the oil and gas project is a threat to the environment and the tourist industry on which the Canary Islands rely. They say drilling would raise the risk of an oil spill like the Deepwater Horizon disaster that struck at a BP oil prospect in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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