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, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.