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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 21 to 25 June 2010

The right to a healthy environment demands a new energy model

[24/06/2010]  While deploring the tragic consequences of the accident that befell the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast, PACE’s Committee on the Environment today adopted a statement which recalls that Europe is not safe from a disaster of the same type. The text advocates stringent official formulation and supervision of standards of caution and safety to be observed for offshore oil drilling, application of the polluter pays principle where the realisation of the hazard causes pollution, and enforcement of civil, possibly criminal, sanctions in the event of proven infringement of aforementioned rules.