Fury as Nicola Sturgeon given green light to fire starting gun on hated Shetland oil field

Nicola Sturgeon challenged on Cambo North Sea oil field

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The permission had initially been given in 2016 to BP to drill the Vorlich site off Aberdeen. As part of their appeal, Greenpeace argued it was “a myriad of failures in the public consultation”.

As well as this, Greenpeace believed that the plan to drill the area was not considering the climate impacts it would have by burning fossil fuels.

The ruling means that the work is able to continue in this location.

However, it is expected that Greenpeace will appeal the decision to allow the drilling to continue.

The UK Government has since welcomed the decision by the court of law to ensure the drilling can and will continue.

Had the challenge been successful it would have had major implications for other sites, such as the planned Cambo field off Shetland, which has already been met with staunch opposition.

Labour’s Monica Lennon said: “When report after report makes it clear that Cambo is another nail in the coffin of our dying planet, we have a duty to call it out.

“Pushing ahead with Cambo would be a betrayal of future generations. Industrial and economic change is inevitable.

“It is our duty as parliamentarians to guarantee that change and decarbonisation delivers justice for workers.”

Ruth Crawford QC for Greenpeace said UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng had been “deprived” of the relevant information needed to have a full understanding of the environmental impact the planned drilling would have.

Roddy Dunlop QC, representing the UK Government, shot down the claims by Greenpeace as he said the challenges were “largely procedural and opportunistic”.

There had been a number of challenges towards the plans to drill the site in the lead-up to the court case.

Greens environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell had defended the plans as he said it was “a great starting point for a real just transition” away from fossil fuels industries.

However, energy and transport spokesperson, Liam Kerr, said there is “still significant ongoing demand” for oil and gas, warning that “if we offshore our responsibilities and emissions, we have no means to control them”.

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He continued: “It cannot be sensible to cut our own resources – it’s Scotland’s oil after all – and become increasingly dependent on countries like Qatar.”

As well as this, Mr Kerr also claimed that “we are not yet at a stage where renewables can entirely support the electricity Britain needs”.

Mr Kerr added: “The industry supports close to 100,000 jobs in Scotland – over 60,000 in the North East. A hard shutdown of the industry consigns that region to a bleak future.

“We need these skills to pioneer greener energy, to develop carbon capture, hydrogen and offshore wind at scale and rapidly.

“Losing them will undermine our transition.”

The SNP’s Net Zero, Energy and Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, maintained that the oil and gas sector has a “vital role to play in Scotland’s energy future”.

He added: “We believe that it will help Scotland to become a world leader in emerging technologies such as hydrogen technology, carbon capture and utilisation and storage and in offshore wind.”

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