Spain Mulls Channel to Bring Water From France: Expansion

The Spanish government is studying a proposal to build a 220-mile (353-kilometer) channel to bring water from the Rhone River in France to Catalonia, Expansion reported, citing comments by Agriculture and Environment Minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina.

Tejerina told the Spanish senate yesterday it’s possible to import water from southern France and the government has discussed the proposal with officials from Catalonia, the northeastern region that borders France, the newspaper said.

Spanish officials haven’t contacted the French about the proposal nor were there any cost estimates, Expansion said. The previous Socialist government rejected the idea because it was considered damaging to the environment and would pose administrative conflicts with France, the paper said.

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