Thursday, March 24, 2016

Motion on ship-to-ship oil transfers drafted by local branch passed at SNP conference

Liz tells the Gurn that she is delighted a motion drafted by the local branch of the SNP was agreed by acclaim at the recent SNP Party Conference in Glasgow. 

The motion by the Nairnshire, Culloden and District Branch read:

Ship-to-Ship Transfers 

Conference welcomes the statement from the Scottish Government on 9 February 2016, “Protecting our Seas”.

Conference calls for decisions on ship-to-ship oil transfers to be devolved to the Scottish Government.

Conference expresses its strong opposition to the present application for a licence to permit the transfer of up to 8,640,000 tonnes of oil between tankers moored at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth in the Moray Firth, which has been put forward by the Cromarty Port Authority.

Conference further calls for greater transparency in the mechanisms for the notification of proposed developments in the environmentally sensitive areas. 

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