Environmental campaigners have launched a legal challenge against the UK Government, arguing that its continued support for expanding oil and gas production in the North Sea is incompatible with its climate laws and commitment to ‘levelling up’. Brought forward by new campaign group Paid to Pollute, the application is for the High Court to conduct a judicial preview of the Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) recently updated strategy. The campaigners, represented by law firm Leigh Day, claim that the strategy is not aligned with the UK’s legally binding net-zero target. This criticism had already been levelled at Ministers several times – most recently with the publication of the North Sea Transition Deal. Of particular contention is the fact that the updated OGA strategy states that the sector has a “legal duty to maximise economic recovery” of oil and gas. Campaigners claim that this paves the way for new sites, and for uneconomic operations to continue to be propped up by subsidies.
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AN SNP Common Weal group organiser has launched a David-and-Goliath court battle with a UK Government agency over North Sea oil and gas. An Edinburgh University medical student is also one of three campaigners challenging the Westminster-owned Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng at the High Court.
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Despite the hold that oil has had on our lives for the last century through cars, chemicals, plastics, pesticides and almost every facet of daily life, including keeping millions of people in employment, it is something few of us ever think about. Big Oil’s malign influence has left us unaware. But oil has a remarkable story to tell: its rise, its ascendancy in all our lives, and now, if civilisation is to survive, its fall. These phases are all described in a new book, Crude Britannia: How Oil Shaped a Nation. Although the book is specifically about oil’s role in shaping the United Kingdom, it is also concerned with the way oil changes the politics and national economies of the rest of the world.
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