22 Mar '12, 2pm

#BP said if blow out, will cause biggest spill in world, just off Scotland. Ed Davey consents it. #drillbabydrill

Energy Minister Charles Hendry has given BP consent to drill the deepwater North Uist well, northwest of the Shetland Islands. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has subjected BP’s application, including the environmental impact and emergency response plans, to detailed and extensive scrutiny, and the Health and Safety Executive has undertaken a thorough examination of the well design and drilling plan and has no objections to the proposals. The North Uist well, in Block 213/25c, is 125 kilometres northwest of the Shetland Isles in a water depth of approximately 1,290 metres. Charles Hendry said: “This consent is very positive news for the West of Shetland following the announcement in the Budget aimed at increasing investment in this new frontier for oil and gas exploration. “Oil and gas plays an important role in our economy and makes a significant contribution ...

Full article: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_027/pn12_...

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