European Parliament rejects total ban on Arctic drilling

By Staff reporter 17 March 2017

MEPs in the European Parliament voted on Thursday against a total ban on oil and gas extraction in the Arctic in a symbolic move.

A total of 414 MEPs voted against a complete moratorium on Arctic drilling in a non-binding resolution, while 183 voted for the ban.

The resolution called for the prohibition on fossil fuel extraction only "in the icy Arctic waters of the EU and the [European Economic Area]". However, this does not include the Barents Sea, where Norway and Russia are exploring for oil...

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