The proposed Cambo oilfield off Shetland “should not get the green light”, Nicola Sturgeon said today.
Scotland’ first minister had previously called for the controversial new development to be reassessed.
But today she told MSPs:
I don’t think we can go on extracting new oil and gas forever. That’s why we’ve moved away from the policy of maximising economic recovery and I don’t think we can continue to give the go ahead to new oil fields.
“So, I don’t think Cambo should get the green light.”
” I have set out a proposal for a climate assessment and I think the presumption would be that Cambo could not and should not pass any rigorous climate assessment”.
Her comment was welcomed this evening by Friends of the Earth Scotland. The organisation’s Mary Church said:
“We welcome the First Minister’s acknowledgement that there is no credible climate test that the Cambo oil field could ever pass. This is an important progression of the Scottish Government’s position, which must now translate into clear opposition to all new fossil fuel projects.
“When you’re in a hole, you have to stop digging. To meet the 1.5C goal, we need to keep all fossil fuels safe in the ground.
“It’s time to turn rhetoric on just transition into action that ensures that people and communities working in oil and gas are at the heart of planning a fair and fast phase out, whilst scaling up renewable energy to help create decent green jobs.”
The decision on whether to approve the new field rests with the UK’s Oil & Gas Authority. A environmental impact assessment will be carried out first.
The Cambo oil field is about 75 miles west of Shetland. and could produce hundreds of millions of barrels of oil.
If approved work could start next year and drilling could continue until the 2040s.