Offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities: - extracts from the report by Ivo BELET (EPP, BE)

Type: News   Reference: 93837   Duration: 00:04:58  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 20/05/2013   First transmission: 20/05/2013
Rapporteur Ivo BELET (EPP, BE) presented his view on the regulation on safety of offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities. Currently, offshore oil and gas activities are not covered by a specific European regulatory framework, but a broader EU acquis applies to the offshore sector. The report follows a proposal of the European Commission which was aimed primarily at reducing the risk of major accidents to limit their consequences for the environment and for people. The proposal aims at applying recognised global best practice in major hazard management throughout the EU. Adequate emergency response is vital to limit the consequences of any spill or accident. Therefore, the new legal framework will thoroughly improve the EU’s preparedness and response capacity to deal with emergencies, including the liability and compensation provisions. The European Parliament’s major concern is the independence of the authority supervising the safety and environmental risks of operations.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNBITE (Dutch) Ivo BELET (EPP, BE) Rapporteur In the EU we want to be the vanguard of the oil and gas. The public opinion needs to be reinsured. Public needs to be involved and consulted in all member states. 00:00:29
00:00:39 SOUNBITE (Dutch) Ivo BELET (EPP, BE) Rapporteur On the North Pool area, we need to be sure that the European entrepreneurs envisaging drilling in the North Pool area are ready to prevent and to deal with any disastrous situation that may arrive. They should not be allowed to drill if they are not ready deal with that. 00:00:30
00:01:09 SOUNBITE (German) Günther OETTINGER Commission "Without the EP we would not have obtained a result in the Council. It's not a perfect result, but nowhere in the world are the transnational standards so safety in the high seas as we have now in Europe. This is good news for the environmental for North Sea Atlantic and Mediterranean and Black sea coastal states, but its also gives us clouted with negotiations with the US and Asia. We will like to see our standards respected not just here but elsewhere. For instance, Libya, Nigeria and the Arctic are outside sovereign European territories". 00:01:10
00:02:19 SOUNBITE (Lithuanian) Justas Vincas PALECKIS (S&D, LT) ENVI The Arctic. The Council did not exposed the proposals and recommendation to the member states. They refrain for drilling in the Arctic waters. As an ENVI's draft person, I have to give our view on this: The use of natural resources in the member states remains in the hands of the member states. None of the member states has sea border with the Arctic. But I believe we should do everything trough the Arctic council, and UN to promote this case. 00:00:40
00:02:59 SOUNBITE (German) Eva LICHTENBERGER (Greens, AT) JURI "We proposed legislation to avoid damages, good independent supervision, independent control. Unfortunately we have to drop off our points as there are three member states - the same ones- The ones which are involved in those kind of drilling and they block all. Everything's that's oldest means they avoid serious liability, serious responsibility". 00:00:21
00:03:20 SOUNBITE (English) Peter SKINNER (S&D , UK) We not have a deal that better reflect the need to prevent the existing high standards in some member states, and also to promote high standards elsewhere with inside the EU and outside. The trade union participation in particularly in the area of safety representation is very important indeed. 00:00:22
00:03:42 SOUNBITE ( English)Fiona HALL (ALDE , UK) Sensible those member state that already have robust regimes in place, will not have to rewrite their rules, as would have been the case with a regulation, originally proposed by the Commission. On the Arctic I'm a bit disappointed of not havening stronger protection included in this directive. We are told that the EU does not have a mandate to ban oil off shore in the Arctic, as currently no member state has Arctic waters. That makes all more important that other international fora, such as the Arctic Council worked to put in place special protection for this highly sensitive region. 00:00:40
00:04:22 SOUNBITE (French) Michèle RIVASI (Greens/ALE , FR) "The Greens hoped that we will be able to set up a European system to control offshore platforms, or a genuine safety polity for European as a whole. Unfortunately that has not been achieved. Yet that would have been a golden opportunity for us to guarantee safety, far from national interests. Again, this text is one that reflects the democratic deficit in Europe, because of the behavior of some member states". 00:00:25
00:04:47 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:11
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