Greenpeace announced it has lost its court case challenging the UK government’s decision to grant a permit to BP to drill the Vorlich Field in the North Sea.
“Judges in Scotland’s highest court have ruled that the government’s decision to grant a permit was lawful, despite the fact that the government gave no consideration to the climate impact of burning the fossil fuels extracted,” said Greenpeace, which will seek to launch an appeal before the Supreme Court.
Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: “The government is celebrating a win for the fossil fuel industry after its lawyers argued in court that emissions from burning oil extracted by BP are ‘not relevant’ when granting an oil permit.
“And now the Prime Minister is poised to sign off even more oil if he approves a new oil field at Cambo – against official guidance from climate experts.
“In just a few weeks’ time Boris Johnson will be opening global climate talks where his actions, not his words, will be what counts.
“And right now his actions are covered in oil.
“We will not give up the fight for the climate.
“Our intention is to appeal this ruling before the Supreme Court.”