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    NGOs call for European offshore moratorium

    News // 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.

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