Archive for April, 2010

Puglia says “no” to drilling for oil off Tremiti Islands

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

As UNESCO weighs declaring the Tremiti Islands, a major tourism site off Puglia’s Gargano promontory, a protected World Heritage Site, regional and local officials as well as tourism organizations and environmentalists are banding together to oppose any plans to drill for oil there, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (http://www.lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it/) reports. Reportedly, the Ministry of Environment has decided to let an Irish company explore “the seabed off the coast of Gargano (to determine) whether or not there are conditions for installing wells,” La Gazzetta reports. One official told the newspaper, “the people of Tremiti, the province of Foggia and the Region of Puglia will oppose with all their strength to the idea of drilling.”
It would be a shame to give an oil company drilling rights to what La Gazzetta describes as “one of the most important environmental assets of Puglia.” The islands also are among Puglia’s richest tourism assets and their economy is 100% tourism based. Yes, Puglia’s economy could use the boost that oil drilling could potentially generate, but not at the expense of ruining one of Puglia’s most significant natural resources.

Puglia airports affected by volcanic ash cloud

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

The newspaper of Puglia, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (www.lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it), reports that the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland that’s already affected air traffic over northern Europe has begun forcing the cancellation of flights into and out of Puglia. The newspaper reports that 39 flights scheduled to depart Puglia today for destinations in northern Italy and other European destinations were canceled. Airports in Milan, Bergamo, Turin, Venice and Bologna were ordered closed through the weekend. Aviation officials said the situation is changing by the hour and they cannot predict how many other flights will be affected or when airline service could return to normal. For updates on this developing situation, see La Gazzetta’s website at www.lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it.