Greenpeace in legal action over UK offshore drilling in deep water
Greenpeace has filed a claim at the Royal Courts of Justice, applying for permission to seek judicial review of the UK’s ongoing consideration of license applications for the exploitation of North Sea oil reserves located in deep water, in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. They are to seek court orders effectively preventing the issuing of new licenses which relate to areas close to environmentally-sensitive sites and which support whales, dolphins and other legally protected species, until the investigation into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion are known.
If successful, Greenpeace’s action will affect over 20 oil production licenses and could delay future licensing rounds.
Robert Palmer and Laura Elizabeth John are representing Greenpeace.