On 9 October, the European Parliament’s Energy Committee approved a draft law under which energy firms would have to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before getting a license to drill offshore for oil and gas. Licenses would be granted only if the firm could prove it has enough cash to remedy any environmental damage caused, the committee said in a press release. The draft will now be negotiated with the Council.

The draft law, endorsed by the Energy Committe...

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