We have seen in 2010 with the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico that offshore oil exploitation could lead to dramatic pollutions. Now, we are learning the hard way that offshore natural gas exploitation can be foolhardy.
As The Guardian noted : ” Oil giant Total has confirmed that a major gas leak on one of its North Sea platforms could take several months to stop and admitted there was a risk of explosion. “
That leak is problematic as methane is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. When will we learn that fossil fuels are better left untouched ?