After the USA, Europe also gives in: Deep-sea drilling remains possible under pressure from the UK. Liability and safety requirements are to be tightened.
Didn’t help: Protest by Greenpeace activists against deep-sea drilling in Brussels. Photo: dpa
Following British pressure, the EU Commission has weakened its list of requirements for safety measures for future oil drilling in the deep sea. In an original draft circulated in Brussels last week, the agency had called for a moratorium on new drilling permits until all technical lessons had been learned from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In the version that Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger then presented Wednesday, member states are simply asked to consider whether a "suspension of permits" might be a reasonable measure.