in London that the British Oil Corporation BOC
oil under the sea near the Welsh coast. The company, which
for oil in the area since 1998,
small amounts of oil near Swansea last month, and since then
larger amounts under the seabed nearby. Last year the government
over 50,000,000 pounds to BOC, and
permission for the company to build an oil refinery and other facilities in South Wales.
The reaction of local people to today’s news
mixed so far. Local MPs
the news, pointing out that oil industry will bring badly needed jobs to the area. But local residents are worried about the danger of pollution. „Nobody
us yet what we want,“ said Ann Griffiths, leader of the "Keep Out The Oil Campaign". „ Look what
oil in Scotland in the 1960s. The oil companies
rich, not the local people. BOC
us the truth about what this is going to mean for our people.“ A BOC spokesman later
to comment. Meanwhile local campaigners
the government to hold an inquiry.