An online Avaaz petition has been launched that calls on European decision makers to stand up to the formidable oil industry and to ensure that a proposal to protect against offshore oil spills is not watered down.

An online Avaaz petition has been launched that calls on European decision makers to stand up to the formidable oil industry and to ensure that a proposal to protect against offshore oil spills is not watered down.

Over recent months, debates concerning a European Commission proposal on offshore safety in the European Parliament and Council have seemingly been heavily influenced by the interests of the oil industry who are desperate to avoid a regulation that would better protect Europe’s waters and sensitive environments such as the Arctic.

The oil industry should be held accountable for the damage their drilling causes. The petition therefore calls on Members of the European Parliament and Energy Ministers to “resist the pressure of the oil industry and put first the general interest by strengthening the new safety and environment regulation for dangerous offshore drilling activities, and support clean and safe renewable energies.”

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