As Fife, East Lothian, Edinburgh, West Lothian, Clackmannan and Falkirk councils met with Forth Ports plc today to discuss the controversial proposals for oil transfers in the Firth of Forth, Greens, who have led the campaign to block the oil plan, called on the company to give up their pursuit of the project.
Mark Ruskell MSP said: “I hope that today’s meeting will result in the rejection of this dangerous project, but I am not holding my breath. It will require government leadership and decisive action to prevent the ongoing saga of Forth Ports being judge, jury and executioner. We serve notice on Forth Ports that their days are numbered as an unaccountable private company making public decisions without any responsibility to the people.
“Liberal and Labour Ministers have had countless opportunities to give themselves the decision making power over this irresponsible project, but they have sat on their hands. Greens will force the minor legislative change necessary through parliament when we return in force after May 3rd.”
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1. Forth Ports and SPT Marine are the two companies behind the plan.
For more background on the Greens’ campaign, see
http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/site/id/4851/title/Forth_Ship_to_ship_Oil_Transfer_Campaign.html < http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/site/id/4851/title/Forth_Ship_to_ship_Oil_Transfer_Campaign.html>
2. The following is included in the Scottish Green Party’s 2007 election manifesto:
– Greens will halt consideration of ship-to-ship oil transfer in the Firth of Forth and shift the powers of accountability from private port authorities back to Ministers. All development projects must comply with robust marine spatial planning.
3. www.scottishgreens.org.uk/site/id/5609/title/Forth_Oil_Transfer_Company_039_misleads_039_Parliament_On < http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/site/id/5609/title/Forth_Oil_Transfer_Company_039_misleads_039_Parliament_On_Oil_Spill_Record.html>