The so-called North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) this Wednesday gave the green light to the development and production of the Rosebank oil field, located about 128 kilometers northwest of the Shetland Islands and considered the largest untapped field in the United Kingdom.
United Kingdom approves new oil and gas drilling in a North Sea field, a move that environmentalists say will will harm the country’s attempts to meet its climate goals.
British officials claim the drilling will create jobs and bolster the country’s energy security. Rosebank is the largest unexploited British field and contains some 350 million barrels of oil.
Greenpeace has criticized the Sunak Government for putting the profits of oil companies above that of ordinary citizens.
Responding to the announcement, climate spokesman for environmental organization Greenpeace UK, Philip Evans, said “We know that reliance on fossil fuels is terrible for our energy security, the cost of living and the climate. Our skyrocketing bills and the recent extreme weather have shown us this. According to him, “this decision is nothing more than a carte blanche to fossil fuel companies to ruin the climate, punish taxpayers and extract obscene profits.”