Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaigners have been challenging a proposal
that could lead to ship-to-ship oil transfers taking place in Scotland's
Firth of Forth.
The Firth of Forth is an exceptional marine environment and is highly valued
by its many recreational water users who use the water all year round. It is
therefore vital that its future is safeguarded against potential dangers
such as ship-to-ship oil transfers.
If SPT Marine, the company making the application are successful then
7.8million tonnes of Russian crude oil a year could be pumped between
in the Forth. The Russian export blend crude oil has been described as very
dense, thick oil, making it particularly persistent in the event of a
A Scottish Green Party investigation has already found SPT were responsible
for spilling around 35,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico - but failed
to disclose the information when providing official evidence to the Scottish
Parliament. In written evidence to the parliament the company, SPT Marine,
claimed an "excellent" record on ship to ship oil transfers by only
referring to incidents dated after the shocking oil spill in 1995.
SAS are particularly concerned that the decision to consent (or not) will be
made by the private company, Forth Ports plc's Board, who are set to benefit
financially from the contract. At present they do not require confirmation
by Scottish Ministers or the UK Government. SAS believe that the ultimate
say on specific proposals lies with publicly-elected and accountable
Executive ministers, not a private company.
Please watch our campaign film Forth Wars!
Now sign an e-card to the Managing Director of Forth Ports to register your
disapproval of the project and which calls for Forth Ports to reject
ship-to-ship oil transfers.
Click here to sign the
You can also sign a Scottish Green Party/SAS petition that calls on Scottish
Ministers to block the proposal using European environmental laws.
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