UK faces legal action over North Sea oilfield exploration plans

uk faces legal action over north sea oilfield exploration plans

Sumary of UK faces legal action over North Sea oilfield exploration plans:

  • In a letter to the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, the green group urged the minister not to rubber-stamp a permit for the Cambo oilfield, which could produce 170m barrels of oil and produce emissions equivalent to 16 coal-fired power plants running for a year.
  • The approval would risk undermining the UK government’s recent decision to bar new oil exploration licences unless the oil driller can pass a “climate checkpoint” test that proves the fossil fuel is needed and can be produced with as small a carbon footprint as possible.
  • The Cambo project will not face the same scrutiny in part because it would be an extension of an existing oilfield owned by the private equity-backed oil explorer Siccar Point.

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