The San Glorio ski resort project is aimed to be constructed between the Puerto de San Glorio, (1,609 m high) (Cantabria) and the towns of Cardaño de Arriba (Palencia) and Portilla de la Reina (León). The project entails the construction of a macro-ski resort in two natural parks, protected by EU environmental legislation (Parque Natural de Fuentes Carrionas and Fuente del Cobre and Parque Regional de Picos de Europa). The Spanish Ministry of Environment has always been against the project, but the regional governments and the Town Councils have pushed forward the project. The opinion of the local population of the area is split. Some see this tourist project as the only possibility of development in a council characterised by economic decline. Other people in the area (along with national environmental organisations) think that the project would negatively affect the environment and could destroy more environmentally-friendly paths for economic development. The Regional governemnt and the town Councils governed by the PP and PSOE have changed the environmental legislation, allowing the construction of the macro-ski resort within the natural parks. This conflict was brought before the European Court of Justice by environmental groups and in 2008, and the Court cancelled the permits allowing the construction of the ski-resort within the natural parks. Following that decision the project is frozen but has not been completelly abandoned.