Nicola Sturgeon has finally spoken out against the Cambo oil field, saying, “I don’t think it should get the green light.”
The proposed project should not pass any environmental assessment, the First Minister said after the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.
Nicola Sturgeon has finally spoken out against the proposed Cambo oil field off the coast of Shetland, telling MSPs that she does not believe it should be built.
The proposed project should not pass any environmental assessment, the First Minister said following the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.
Cambo, about 75 miles west of Shetland, was first licensed for exploration in 2001 and has the potential to yield hundreds of millions of barrels of oil.
Drilling could begin as early as 2022 and last for 25 years if approved, but it has sparked fierce debate in light of the climate crisis.
Ms. Sturgeon has been under increasing pressure to declare her opposition to the oil field, which she has previously refused to do.
In August, the First Minister wrote to Boris Johnson, urging him to “reassess” the oil field’s licenses, but green groups dismissed the letter as a “public relations exercise.”
When asked about her new position by Labour’s net zero spokeswoman Monica Lennon, Ms Sturgeon replied, “I don’t think we can keep extracting new oil and gas forever.”
“That’s why we’ve shifted away from a maximum economic recovery policy, and I don’t believe we can continue to approve new oil fields.”
“I don’t believe Cambo should be approved.
“I’ve proposed a climate assessment, and I believe the presumption would be that Cambo would fail any rigorous climate assessment.”
Environmentalists applauded the shift in rhetoric, calling Cambo’s remarks “huge.”
“Nicola Sturgeon has now declared her opposition to the Cambo oil field,” the statement said.
“This is a historic victory that demonstrates our ability to achieve great things.”
“Let’s now take the fight to the UK government, and demand that they reject Cambo for good.”
“We welcome the First Minister’s acknowledgement that there is no credible climate test that the Cambo oil field could ever pass,” said Mary Church, head of campaigns for Friends of the Earth Scotland.
“It’s a significant step forward.”
News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
Nicola Sturgeon has finally spoken out against the Cambo oil field, saying, “I don’t believe it should be approved.”
Nicola Sturgeon finally opposes Cambo oil field: ‘I don’t think it should get the green light’