Processing Magazine

Greenpeace Seeks Halt to North Sea Drilling

November 15, 2010

According to the Associated Press, environmental activist group Greenpeace filed a legal claim to force the government to stop deepwater drilling in the North Sea, which it says threatens the environment and could even cause oil spills similar to the Gulf of Mexico disaster. Greenpeace said it wants licensing halted until the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and triggered the largest oil spill in U.S. history, are ascertained. The legal challenge, filed with the High Court in London, covers 20 oil production licenses and could block future licensing rounds if successful. Greenpeace argues that these licenses are close to environmentally sensitive sites that support whales and dolphins.