Gas major ENI UK suspends oil and gas survey in protected area

Plans to survey the protected Cardigan Bay for oil and gas using shock waves have been suspended amid growing objections from conservationists.

The UK branch of the Italian energy conglomerate ENI, has decided to halt its survey for oil and gas in Cardigan Bay, a special area of conservation (SAC) off the Welsh coast home to the UK's largest resident population of dolphins and thousands of porpoises seasonally.

Eni UK Ltd applied to the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) in March to carry out a seismic survey involving loud shock waves fired from a submerged gun.

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