Monday, 3 January 2011

Rockall oil

At first sight I was a little puzzled by the news in the Telegraph that the government had given the OK to deep-water oil drilling; "drilling could take place at hundreds of sites off the British coast after MPs ruled out a moratorium" bleated the Cleggograph, in certain ignorance of the topography of the seabed. And as a result no doubt retired insurance agents in Frinton-on-Sea, alerted by the paper, will be waking up to the new threat on their doorsteps. As far as I knew, there was hardly any deep water at all within the UK's 200 mile Economic Zone. A quick look at Google Earth (perhaps someone could pass on the URL to Louise Gray and her subs at the Cleggograph) confirmed the extent of the continental shelf and of shallow seas - just a few areas off the NW of Scotland, and the trench between the Shetlands and the Faroes, were deep water. 


Then I remembered Rockall. It's ours, of course, but the pesky Irish, Faroese and even the skint Icelanders have all registered a claim with the UN. It's within 200 miles of Scotland and comes under Harris Council, who recently granted planning consent for a replacement plaque on the rock proclaiming the UK's ownership. Now the problem is, for us to claim a 200m zone around Rockall, it needs to be permanently inhabited, and this is an excellent challenge for Cameron. I'm sure the west-country chap with the oversized buggers' grips who made the Mars lander could turn his hand to a pod that would bolt onto the rock and provide a habitation for a permanent scientific team - why not?


7 comments:

Sue said...

Shame we can't build a prison there!

Edward Spalton said...

I happened to be in Ireland at the time the plaque was affixed to Rockall and there was a great deal of nationalist outrage in the press there.

Flyingwellie said...

Were they outraged when we helped with their eu induced bail out?

Ungateful lot.

Don Cox said...

According to T H White's book "The Master", there is a mad scientist living inside Rockall. He has it all hollowed out.

Ed P said...

200m is the abbreviation for 200 metres.

It's a pity we cannot have a 200ml zone around the Channel Islands too - that would cover lots of pesky French water!

Anonymous said...

Asserting sovreinity over Rockall, but deciding to hand the Falklands over the the Argies. Or at least that is how I interpret Cameron's deathly silence over the issue. During the debacle over aircraft carriers and jump-jets, he said not a word about defending our Falkland islands, despite discussion in the MSM.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Rockall plateau seems to be an ancient Country. Why there is petrol and gas, because there were lives in plateau, in the past... In the Time of Glaciers, sea was 130 meters down (no melted glaciers) and Myterious Isles were present. I think Rockall Plateau is our OldMum. She was Avallon, Ymir, Atlantis, Atland, Gaïa ?
Please, don't forget our past. She is not glad of us, she not want conflicts...
Georges

http://rockallatlantis.com/francais