To Mr. Nils Muižnieks,
Commissioner for Human Rights,
Council of Europe
Gavdos Island, Hellas, 21st August 2012
The Greek government is considering the matter of production of natural gas and oil in Crete and, in particular, between Crete and Gavdos, the southernmost island of Europe.
We realize that such a decision by the government of Greece and the European energy companies is supported by relevant arguments. We, the residents of Gavdos, consider these false and, therefore, will not allow the destruction of our way of life.
It is alarming and dangerous to start drilling in an area of seismic activity. Under these conditions, there are no guarantees for the safety of the operations. Let us remember Fukosima, where the nuclear plant was built, even though the periodicity of seismic activity in the region was already known. Thus, the destruction of the plant was calculated in its construction and operational plan.
The basin of the Mediterranean Sea, which, in contrast to the Gulf of Mexico, looks like a lake, will convert any local accident in an environmental disaster on the scale of the whole Mediterranean.
Gavdos is the last retreat of evergreen paradise in Europe. Here, nature has not changed irreparably under the impact of global industry. To our island, people from all over Europe come to rest , and to convert such a place to an industrial zone, for reasons of dubious financial interests, is a non-humanitarian act.
We do not believe that the production of gas and oil in the Mediterranean will save the economic situation of Europe, however profitable it is expected to be. It is impossible to rebuilt Europe’s economy with gas as the unique crutch. We believe that the economy must serve the people, and we will not sacrifice our lives for financial interests.
We disclose our opinion on this subject, prior to the start of the investigations of the underground resources in our region, so that when problems arise, no government and no one involved will be able to resort to excuses like “we did not know anything about that.”
IT IS AN URGENT NEED:
1st To prohibit the extraction of oil and gas from the Mediterranean Sea.
2nd Gavdos and Crete to be recognized and protected as treasures of European Environmental Heritage.
3rd Any work with environment consequences, that takes place in Gavdos and Crete, to be with the prior consent of their citizens by referendum.
E.Skrekou, A.Yuzgin, A.Yudin, A.Yavtoushenko, M.Boroniec, R.Spiess, V.Skrekou, T.Diafas