Greenpeace threatens U.K. over licensing

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has threatened the U.K. government with legal action if further exploration and production licenses are issued in the Atlantic frontier area. Greenpeace said it considers the granting of licenses unlawful according to European Commission (EC) legislation. The U.K.'s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is preparing for the country's 19th offshore licensing round and expects to announce details "within the next few months." DTI said the new round would include acreage to the north and west of Scotland, where the Atlantic frontier region and the recently opened West of Shetland play lie. Greenpeace said the EC habitats dire...

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