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Colombian president: no oil drilling in award-winning Seaflower marine reserve

October 06, 2011
"We have been studying the issue with the Minister of Environment and will not allow signing of exploration,"
- Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, announced over the weekend that there will be no oil exploration in the award-winning Seaflower Biosphere Reserve and Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Spreading over 65,000 square kilometers (6,500,000 hectares), Seaflower MPA is home to over a hundred coral species, over 400 fish, some 150 birds, four marine turtles species, and the magnificent mollusk, the queen conch (Strombus gigas).

"We have been studying the issue with the Minister of Environment and will not allow signing of exploration," President Santos said while visiting the island of San Andres.

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