Drilling ban needed as European Commission shakes up oil rules

New deep sea oil operations should be banned as the only sure way of preventing a Deepwater Horizon-like spill in Europe, Greenpeace said in response to today’s shake-up of offshore drilling rules by the European Commission.

Greenpeace research, published next week, will show that deep sea drilling, tar sands and other dirty and dangerous extraction methods would not be needed if the EU set better fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles.

Greenpeace activist swims in front of the Stena Carron, a giant oil drilling ship, to stop it moving to a deepwater drilling site 100 miles north of the Shetland Isles. The flag on the buoy reads “Go Beyond Oil” Greenpeace are calling for a ban on deepwater drilling for oil and more investment in clean energy.