Thursday, 14 February 2019

What the Jurassic Coast Needs is an Oil-Drilling Platform?


It is somewhat remarkable that the UNESCO Dorset Jurassic Coast was deemed an inappropriate location for a wind farm (on the basis of  appearances) but the siting of an oil-drilling rig was approved (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/14/oil-firm-bids-to-extend-drilling-off-dorset-coast-despite-risk-to-marine-life-corallian-energy). This pull of oil deposits seems to override any considerations about the need to curtail climate change. It is even more shocking that the company involved, although they had been limited to drilling in the winter months, to reduce the impact on endangered marine species (e.g. seahorses, rays and cetaceans), are now, reportedly, asking for their 'season' to be extended into March (when some migrations are taking place). One worries that 'mission creep' could result in their later requesting permissions to resume drilling in April or May?

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