Environmental group Greenpeace has lost its case against the UK government over a North Sea oil field permit. Permission to drill the Vorlich site off Aberdeen was given to BP in 2018. Greenpeace argued in Scotland’s highest civil court there had been “a myriad of failures in the public consultation” and the permit did not consider the climate impacts of burning fossil fuel. The Court of Session ruling means operations will continue at the field. Greenpeace plans to appeal. The UK government welcomed the outcome.
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North Sea oil and gas industry needs to start contemplating its demise – Scotsman comment. 23 days to Cop26: The failure of a legal challenge by environmental group Greenpeace to the UK government’s decision to allow BP to drill the Vorlich North Sea oil field will be cause for celebration in some quarters and dismay in others. But, whatever the rights or wrongs of the case, the imperative to cut carbon emissions means that, as things stand, the North Sea oil and gas industry’s days are numbered. The question is how many days, or rather years, it has left. In May, the International Energy Authority’s executive director Fatih Birol warned that if governments were serious about climate change “there can be no new investments in oil, gas and coal, from now”.
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Cambo oil field plan in focus after reverse for Greenpeace.
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