European marine wildlife area at risk

Thursday 22nd March 2012

cpt Tom Marshall

Energy Minister Charles Hendry today gave BP consent to drill the deepwater North Uist well, northwest of the Shetland Islands.

In response, Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Director of Conservation, Jonathan Hughes, said:

"BP is a company making baby steps towards diversifying into a sustainable energy generation business.  This is a business model it will absolutely need to embrace if it is to have a long-term future as a global corporate success story.  Drilling under highly risky deep water off Shetland - one of Europe's most important marine wildlife areas - is a retreat into the past for BP, but also a wasted opportunity for Scotland.  Its investment could instead have been made in clean, renewable alternatives.

“If Scotland wants to lead the world in the energy revolution we really need to move on from old oil to new technologies, a shift which will create many more skilled jobs in the long term, whilst protecting our oceans for future generations."