NGOs call for European offshore moratoriumNews // July 21, 2010
In a letter to Commissioner GŁnther Oettinger, environmental NGOs have called for a moratorium on all new offshore oil exploitation projects in European waters.
The letter to the Commissioner picked up on several key areas of concern that have arised as a result of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, and in particular:
- the environmental impacts of offshore oil platforms;
- the lack of a legal basis for anticipating catastrophes;
- the lack of operational means for crisis management; and
- that responsible parties are not held liable.
The letter was coordinated by Surfrider Foundation Europe and co-signed by Seas At Risk, Legambiente, France Nature Environnement and Waddenvereniging.