Parliament drops call for deepwater drilling freeze

MEPs meeting in Strasbourg on Thursday have rejected a call for a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the EU following the BP oil spill. The call, made by the parliament's environment committee in September, was only backed by 285 MEPs.

Ministers meeting at an OSPAR conference on the northeast Atlantic in September also rejected a call to consider a freeze on oil drilling in the North Sea, a proposal made by Germany. Norway, the UK and Denmark were the most vocal opponents.

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