RSPB Urges Government To Reconsider Oil Exploration
The RSPB has called for the UK Government to revoke licenses for new oil and gas exploration in British waters, claiming that the projects could put thousands of sea birds at risk. 144 extraction licenses have been granted and the RSPB claims that the areas where these licenses have been granted come very close to the protected habitats of sea birds. It warned that birds such as such as puffins, gannets, razorbills and kittiwakes could be driven from their colonies if contracts were sold.
RSPB has identified several European-designated wildlife sites that it believes would be threatened by exploration. These include sites in Shetland and Orkney, which are home to the continent's largest concentrations of cliff-breeding seabirds, and in the Western Solent, which the critically endangered Balearic shearwater passes through.
These worries come not long after over 200 tonnes of oil entered the North Sea from a bust Shell pipeline, endangering thousands of birds.