January 9, 2019 / 3:31 PM / in 6 months

Italy ready to block issuance of oil and gas exploration permits

MILAN, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Italy is readying measures to block the issuing of permits to look for oil and gas as part of its decarbonisation policy, the country’s industry ministry said on Wednesday.

“The issuance of about 36 permits currently pending will be halted,” the ministry’s energy undersecretary Davide Crippa said in a statement.

Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; editing by Francesca Landini

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