Total gears up for exploration well in French Guiana waters despite Greenpeace criticism


French oil company Total has filed an application with the Prefecture of Guiana to drill an offshore exploration well in early 2019 despite objections by Greenpeace over claims that the Amazon Reef extends to French Guiana waters. 

The French Guiana Maritime permit extends over more than 24,000 km2 beyond the Guianese continental shelf and largely in the deep sea area. The planned drilling project in early 2019 is located about 150 km from the nearest coast and 170 km from Cayenne.

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