Local environmental groups yesterday applauded the Balearic President for taking a stance against oil prospecting in Balearic waters.

Palma.—British company Cairn Energy was given permission by the former Socialist Spanish government to prospect for oil and gas in Balearic waters  off Ibiza  while another British company, Spectrum Geo wants to search for deposits of oil and gas in an area covering twenty times the size of the Balearics to the north and east of the region.
But opposition  to the projects has been growing  and now the Balearic government and the Councils of Majorca, Ibiza and Minorca  have spoken out against oil and gas prospecting a