An EC regulatory push

Groups representing North Sea oil and gas producers have stiffened their resistance to European offshore safety regulation. The European Commission last October proposed a law centralizing oversight of work off the coasts of European Union members. Industry groups think the move would undermine its own aims. Before meetings in Brussels Jan. 31, Oil & Gas UK and a coalition of Norwegian unions and industry associations issued statements of concern. Both statements assert that the EU proposal reflects poor understanding of offshore operations. And both flatly warn that the initiative would degrade safety. The UK group adds, "The UK government is of the same position and has signale...

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