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Greenpeace threat to sue over sea drilling

United Kingdom
Financial Times
Sylvia Pfeifer and Michael Peel

Greenpeace has threatened legal action against the UK government over its decision to continue to grant licences for deepwater offshore drilling before the causes of BP’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been determined.

Lawyers for the environmental group have written to Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary, calling on the government to follow the US lead and introduce a moratorium on deepwater drilling.

In the letter, Greenpeace seeks an undertaking from ministers to stop the licensing process for new offshore drilling and consult on the scope of a new environmental assessment.

John Sauven, Greenpeace executive director, said: “The government is waving through applications for new deep-sea drilling as if the Deepwater Horizon explosion never happened.

“The Americans have introduced a moratorium on new wells until the facts are clear, and the EU energy commissioner has called for a similar ban to take effect here. It’s clear that the Gulf of Mexico disaster was a game-changer, but until we know exactly what went wrong ministers need to suspend new deepwater drilling licences.”

The UK has not imposed a moratorium, though Mr Huhne announced in June the doubling of environmental inspections of rigs in UK waters. The UK has some of the most stringent regulations in the offshore oil industry following the 1988 explosion on the Piper Alpha natural gas platform.

Greenpeace has asked for a response within 14 days. If there is no undertaking from the government it says it will claim for a judicial review of its decision.

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