Europe rejects ban on Arctic E&P

The European Parliament has voted to reject a call to ban exploration and production in the Arctic. Also defeated was an amendment calling for a transition away from offshore drilling in general.

Meeting on 16 March in Strasbourg, the legislators did vote, by a narrow margin, to call for a non-binding ban on drilling in the ‘icy Arctic waters of the EU and EEA’.

Commenting on the overall results, Christian Schwarck, IOGP’s Deputy Director EU Affairs said, ‘What happened in Strasbourg represents a positive outcome. It showed how by working closely together, IOGP’s secretariat, Members and others (in this case NOROG, Norwegian officials and Nordic unions) can help to safeguard E&P activities.’

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