Surfers launch European petition against offshore rigs

Activist group Surfrider Foundation Europe, which is dedicated "to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them" has launched a European petition to demand the adoption of a moratorium on all new European offshore oil rig activities

Subsequent to the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico, Surfrider Foundation Europe is concerned that a similar event may unfold in Europe.

"As long as safety standards and the polluter pays principle are not actively enforced in the offshore oil-drilling business, Surfrider is demanding a moratorium on all new offshore oil-drilling activities in Europe," says a spokesperson for the group. "A number of measures are urgently required for existing oil-drilling rigs, namely comprehensive regulations that would eliminate waste and chemical disposal from offshore oil-drilling rigs, impose stringent safety measures capable of preventing oil spill risks and limiting of greenhouse gas emissions by these installations. For these reasons, we state unequivocally that renewable sources of energy must be systematically prioritized over fossilfuels."

You don't have to be a surfer to sign the petition