France: Royal, moratorium on hydrocarbon permits Med

'Extension to whole Mediterranean Sea'

08 April, 18:03

    An oil drilling rig An oil drilling rig

    PARIS - French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal has decided to implement an ''immediate'' moratorium on permits to search for hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean Sea.
    ''Given the dramatic consequences that can strike the whole Mediterranean in case of an oil drilling accident, Ségolène Royal has decided to implement an immediate moratorium on the search for hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean, both in France's territorial waters and in the exclusive economic zone'', said a statement quoted by French media.
    Francois Hollande's minister will thus ask for ''the extension of this moratorium on the whole Mediterranean in the framework of the convention of Barcelona on the protection of marine environment and the Mediterranean coast''. 

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