Rosebank oil subject ‘local weather wrecking’

Local weather campaigners from grassroots group Fossil Free London marched by means of Westminster in London to demand that the UK Authorities reject Equinor’s plans to develop Rosebank oil subject yesterday, Sunday 15 January 2023,

The campaigners carried a four-metre whale mannequin, banners and placards from the Division for Enterprise, Power and Industrial Technique to Downing Road.

Rosebank is the most important undeveloped oil and fuel subject within the North Sea. Fossil gasoline large Equinor has submitted proposals to Westminster to develop Rosebank, which might produce nearly 70,000 barrels of oil per day.


Like 80 per cent of all North Sea oil, the vast majority of this oil is more likely to be exported and offered abroad. Burning Rosebank’s oil and fuel would create extra CO2 than the mixed emissions of all 28 low-income nations on this planet, together with Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

It will even have a disastrous impact on marine life, with sea ground pipelines chopping by means of a protected space: the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt, impacting a fragile ecosystem and uncommon sealife similar to deep sea sponges and quahogs, a long-living number of clam.

The protest’s 4 metre whale fabricated from willow and tissue paper, highlights that the sphere is being inbuilt a migration hall for the fin whale and sperm whale.

Oil large Equinor made pre-tax income of over $24bn within the third quarter of 2022. But this license would give Rosebank an enormous UK taxpayer subsidy of greater than £500 million. Rosebank is majority-owned by the Norwegian authorities, which has a sovereign wealth fund value within the area of $1.3 trillion.

Local weather-wrecking

Rosebank is almost 3 times the scale of the proposed Cambo oil subject, which drew criticism final 12 months from figures together with SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon and Labour’s Keir Starmer. If granted, this license would permit Rosebank to be nonetheless producing oil till 2051 – a 12 months after the deadline for the UK’s legally binding internet zero targets.

In 2022, 1000’s of activists compelled oil large Shell to drag out of the event of the Cambo oil subject within the North Sea. The UK authorities has already delayed approval for the Rosebank oil subject as soon as. The campaigners’ objective is to verify it stops for good.

Joanna Warrington, a spokesperson for Fossil Free London mentioned: “Thousands and thousands of individuals can’t pay their power payments. But the UK Authorities remains to be handing out clean cheques to Norwegian oil barons who made file income in 2022.

“The identical week that Rishi Sunak hopped in a personal jet as a substitute of taking a two-hour practice journey, the UK Authorities is contemplating licensing yet one more climate-wrecking fossil gasoline improvement. Truthfully, it’s a joke.


“Even Shell has recognised {that a} new North Sea oil subject is a foul concept. The fossilised UK Authorities must get up and scent the air pollution. The UK public doesn’t need to bankroll the Norwegian wealth fund. We wish low cost, clear renewables to fight the power disaster, no more oil executives getting wealthy off taxpayers’ cash.”

Lauren MacDonald, a local weather justice campaigner and spokesperson for Uplift, mentioned: “The significance and great thing about the North Sea as a marine habitat typically will get neglected, however the fact is it’s teeming with life which is underneath menace from oil hungry companies.

“The Faroe-Shetland Channel, the place Rosebank is about to be developed, is of explicit significance as a habitat to blue and minke whales, and as a migration hall for fin and sperm whales.

“The UK Authorities claims to help new Marine Conservation Zones, but continues to permit oil firms to put waste to current ones. This can’t be allowed to go on. The federal government must refuse Rosebank for the sake of our seas.”

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Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist.


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