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Unravelling the Carbon Web is a project by PLATFORM. We work to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations, to help citizens gain a say in decisions that affect them, and to support the transition to a more sustainable energy economy.

Stop oil companies weakening safety standards for ocean drilling

The EU is currently consulting on environmental and safety regulations to prevent a repeat of BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster. They've come up with a series of proposals to protect workers, communities and the environment. But the oil corporations have launched a sustained attack, trying to dilute safety standards and continue to dodge their responsibilities. Let's stop them in their tracks and prevent a disastrous oil spill in our backyard.


Let's tell the EU that we want clean waters and living workers, not more oil spills or BP-style disasters.

Below are some suggested talking points responding to the EU's questions 2, 8 and 18.

You can either copy them into the EU's consultation document (best), or just email them to here with the subject line "Public consultation, reply from a citizen".

If you've got time and want to expand - please do! For more background, here is the EU's citizens' summary on why we need better standards.

But the consultation ends on Weds May 11th, so don't delay.



We need stronger standards to prevent disasters like Deepwater Horizon or Montara from occurring in EU waters.

2b) Companies should be responsible for cleaning up and compensating for their leaks and spills. If a company can't afford to clean up an accident, it shouldn't be drilling.

8) Loopholes should be closed. Currently, many offshore rigs dodge wildlife protection standards by operating more than 12 miles offshore. This limitation is arbitrary - existing regulations should be strengthened and cover all drilling operations in EU waters.

18) EU regulations should be extended to overseas operations of European offshore oil firms. If this rule had been in place in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon disaster would have been subject to EU safety standards. Non-EU government or civil society organisations should be able to raise violations of EU standards in European courts, wherever the company committed the violation.

Companies that don't adhere to EU standards abroad should not be awarded exploration or extraction licenses inside the EU. This is important both for people living outside the EU, and also to protect EU citizens and environment, as a company that applies one set of principles abroad and another set within the EU is not implementing comprehensive best practice.