LPN joins Surfrider Foundation Europe and 20 other European NGOs in calling on the European Commission to ban offshore drilling in Europe by 2035.
Towards a ban on offshore drilling in the European Union
On April 20, 2010, the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, the deepest offshore platform in the world, led to the largest oil spill in human history.
On April 20, 2020, 10 years later, Surfrider Foundation Europe, a European NGO dedicated to ocean protection, launched the #DrillingIsKilling campaign, which LPN joins, calling for a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration in Europe by 2035.
Offshore drilling is a disaster for the environment and the economy
All stages of offshore drilling - exploration, maintenance and decommissioning - have a dramatic and irreversible impact on ocean biodiversity, putting human lives and marine species in grave danger.
Some of the environmental risks are:
The Deepwater Horizon explosion affected 400 species
and destroyed 3000m2 of coral reef.
Offshore drilling also threatens the lives and livelihoods of coastal communities. The European tourism and fishing industries employ 40 times more people than offshore oil and gas activities (2 570 000 vs. 63 000 people in 2017) and generate 5 times more added value (85 vs. 17 billion euros in 2017).
Given the upcoming revision of the Offshore Safety Directive 2013/30/EU, planned for 2020, Surfrider Foundation Europe, together with 21 European NGO partners, including LPN, call on the European Commission to ban offshore drilling by 2035.
It is imperative that the European Commission and its member states take a strict stance against offshore drilling:
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