Ban on deep-sea drilling rejected

What could go wrong?  O’ wait…

European coastal nations have agreed to review rules for offshore drilling, but said each country should decide individually on how to improve safety on oil rigs to avoid disasters like the Gulf of Mexico spill.

A German proposal suggesting a suspension of some deep-water drilling operations – opposed by Britain, Norway and Denmark – was rejected at a meeting of 15 European nations and the European Union in Norway.

A compromise adopted at the two-day meeting in the west coast city of Bergen recommended countries review permits issued for “drilling activities in extreme conditions”.

Environmental organisations including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth said they were “deeply disappointed about the lack of concrete measures” at the gathering

via The Press Association: Ban on deep-sea drilling rejected.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.