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Chevron cleared for oil well off UK

Chevron, the US oil major, is preparing to drill the first deep water exploration well in UK waters since BP’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico after receiving the government’s approval.

Environmentalists have raised concerns at the risks after the BP accident on April 20, which killed 11 workers and led to the worst environmental disaster in US waters. While Washington has imposed a moratorium on deepwater drilling, Britain has refused to follow suit, arguing its safety regime is robust.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change defended its decision, saying it had “taken on board the lessons of the BP spill”, and that Chevron had been asked to review its response plans. The company had agreed to extra scrutiny during drilling, including more inspections by the department and the Health and Safety Executive.

“The government is determined to drive forward our move to a low-carbon economy and develop the UK’s renewable energy sources but this cannot happen overnight. The fact is that in the meantime we will be dependent on oil and gas,” said the department.

“It is a choice between producing oil and gas here in UK waters, where we have one of the most robust safety and regulatory regimes in the world, with all the economic benefits that will bring, or paying to import oil and gas from elsewhere.”

Chevron’s Lagavulin prospect is 160 miles north of the Shetland Islands and the company expects to seek oil in 1,569m of water. This is about the same depth that the Deepwater Horizon rig in the US gulf was working in.

Chevron said it had worked intensively “to en-sure our preparations for this campaign are rigorous and satisfy all the requirements of the permitting process”.

The company had “successfully drilled 375 deep water wells globally since 1987 (including 75 in the Gulf of Mexico and 18 in the UK, west of Shetland) without a single serious well-control event”.

Greenpeace, which has threatened legal action to stop new permits for deepwater drilling, described the move as “irresponsible”.

“A government claiming to be the greenest ever should be taking us beyond oil, but instead Chris Huhne [energy secretary] is opening the door for the oil industry and inviting it to drill in ever more dangerous and difficult to reach places,” said John Sauven, executive director.

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change defended its decision, saying it had “taken on board the lessons of the BP spill”, and that Chevron had been asked to review its response plans. The company had agreed to extra scrutiny during drilling, including more inspections by the department and the Health and Safety Executive.

So, the Department of Energy and Climate Change are desperate to take on risky deep water wells to burn more fossil fuels.

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So, the Department of Energy and Climate Change are desperate to take on risky deep water wells to burn more fossil fuels.

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The other thing is:

For at least the whole of the summer months, the UK switches all it's gas pumps from our Gas fields to refill the massive holding tanks in Holland/Germany/Denmark with lovely 'cheap' summer gas etc

Blitish consumers are left to pay for their Gas at the highest winter prices!

It's a bloody scandal that no party has sought to tackle - due to their pathetic short-termism policies.

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The other thing is:

For at least the whole of the summer months, the UK switches all it's gas pumps from our Gas fields to refill the massive holding tanks in Holland/Germany/Denmark with lovely 'cheap' summer gas etc

Blitish consumers are left to pay for their Gas at the highest winter prices!

It's a bloody scandal that no party has sought to tackle - due to their pathetic short-termism policies.

Well yes - it was left to the market and the market decided that UK storage was more expensive than utlising foreign storage facilities and buying back in the winter at a higher price

To compel the producers to store in the Uk you would have to regulate. Furthermore where applications for storage facilities have been submitted the Developers have faced the wrath of the nimby's.

The only way to get more storage would be to circumvent the planning system by the Secretary of State for strategic reasons.

Mind you selling summer surplus gas will be a distant memory for the UK too by 2020. It will be imports 24/7 - 365

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I watched that 'Day after tomorrow film' on filmfour yesterday. The one with horrible acting, massively exaggerated science and more than a handful of sickness inducing lefty ideological bullcrap.

Made me think though, towards the end where all the yanks emigrate to Mexico, wouldnt the NWO just love it if somesort of natural disaster destroyed borders once and for all.

Some people blaming this on the Gulf spill - maybe a similar disaster here would kill the gulf stream, plunging Britain into a subarctic climate and forcing a massive trek southwards.

http://geraldcelentechannel.blogspot.com/2010/09/gulf-stream-has-stopped-britain-heading.html

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What would they gain from this? :blink:

The oppurtunity to move toward their ideological goals. You only have to look at how these loons support (im thinking about Harriet Harmans recent faux pas) 'their' parties in a tribal manner. Theyve decided one world govt is the final solution, and despite all evidence pointing to the contrary will continue to push it. Even if it results in millions/billions of deaths.

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good luck on chevvy making a strike.

when all the luvvies admit wind in over rated by a factor of 5, there is no future for solar in the uk and the only solution is to build multiple nuclear power stations and fast let us hope a new field in the north sea/irish sea, the english channel wherever is discovered.

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