UK Government Urged to Block Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers in Moray Firth
Scottish National Party MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Gail Ross, has called on the UK government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency to block proposals for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth.
Following Ross’ call, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged the UK government to make sure the views of the local community were put at the heart of any decision on this application and said she was unconvinced that the current plans could be delivered without a threat to the marine environment.
“The potential environmental impact of this venture presents serious concerns and is at the heart of my constituents’ worries about ship-to-ship oil transfers,” Gail Ross said in a statement sent to Rigzone.
“I will continue to offer my support to the constituents who have raised these concerns with me, and I’m glad that the First Minister and Scottish Government will continue to press the UK government to devolve powers over this area and make sure that local voices are heard,” she added.
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