Campaigners are trying to stop BP from drilling for oil off the Shetland Isles, reports The Daily Mail. The campaigners are asking the Government to stop BP from drilling a deepwater well after the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP has plans to drill as far as 4,265ft below sea level 60 miles off the coast of the Shetland Isles. Drilling is due to begin in October.

Greenpeace is urging the Government to implement a moratorium similar to the one in the United States banning deepwater drilling. However the government has said it’s not prepared to do this.

An energy spokesman for Greenpeace, Joss Garman, said “President Obama introduced a moratorium on deep sea drilling until he understands what caused the BP disaster. But the coalition here are acting as if the Gulf spill never happened. A Gulf-style blow-out off Scotland’s coast would wreak havoc to fragile habitats and biodiversity, but also to the UK’s economic recovery”.

He added “Rather than drill deeper and deeper trying to reach the last drops of oil, ministers need to stop BP’s plans for its deepest UK drilling and instead launch a comprehensive plan to go beyond oil”.

However, this is to be an inquiry into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Energy & Climate Change Committee will look at the dangers of deepwater drilling off the coast of the Shetland Isles. They will also assess whether safety precautions and environmental rules are adequate.

Meanwhile BP has said drilling will only go ahead if they get approval from the Government.

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Source: The Daily Mail

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