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Greece oil drilling could offset debt, threaten oceans

Oil exploration in Greece to start in 2020, potentially helping the nation’s coffers and stopping costly oil imports.

Greece has traditionally been an energy-poor country. But that is set to change when exploratory oil drilling starts next year in the Gulf of Patras

It would help the country pay of its billions of dollars in debt if oil reserves are discovered.

But that would be a threat to its rich marine life and lucrative tourism industry.

Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from the Patras Gulf.