Cambo shouldn’t get green light, says First Minister

Oil rig in the sea

The First Minister has said she doesn’t think the new controversial proposed oilfield off the coast of Shetland should be given the go ahead.

Speaking in Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon said: “I don’t think we can go on extracting new oil and gas forever, that is why we have moved away from the policy of maximum economic recovery. And I don’t think we can go and continue to give the go-ahead to new oil fields. So I don’t think that Cambo should get the green light.”

Responding to the First Minister’s statement, Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland, said: “Drop by drop, the well of opposition to Cambo is filling up fast and the First Minister’s statement that the proposed field should not ‘get the green light’ is a very welcome hardening of her position. We need to see the same leadership from the Prime Minister – who must now put a lid on new oil for good.

“Boris Johnson’s climate credibility rests on scrapping this proposal. If he really wants COP26 to have made a difference, the UK must send a clear message to the rest of the world that the era of endless fossil fuel production is over.”