European Union officials, eyeing the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico last year, have proposed new rules aimed at bringing offshore oil and gas drilling under a common policy.
Most European oil and gas is produced offshore, often in harsh geographical and geological conditions, said EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.
"We need to prevent accidents…from happening," he said. "Securing best industry practices in all our offshore operations is an undisputable must. [This] proposal is a crucial step forward towards safer offshore activities to the benefit of our citizens and our environment."
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