Positive day at the Scottish Parliament

By January 13, 2017 No Comments

Crowd at HolyroodMarine Connection joined the gathering outside Scottish Parliament yesterday, ahead of First Minister’s Question Time, to highlight concerns over plans to allow ship-to-ship oil transfers at sea in the Moray Firth area, an area extremely important to the resident wild population of bottlenose dolphins. Highland MSPs Kate Forbes and Gail Ross raised the matter inside chamber on behalf of the group.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made the following statement, “On the basis of the evidence so far the Scottish Government is unconvinced that ship-to-ship oil transfers can or should take place, without causing risk to the environment, particularly to bottlenose dolphins. Finally can I say presiding officer I warmly welcome those who are outside parliament today, some of them may be in parliament, too. Let me assure them the Scottish Government absolutely hears their concerns and will continue to do everything we can to make sure those concerns are heard by those taking the decisions.”

Marine Connection and others had invited MSPs to meet and briefly discuss the issue, we were delighted that several came out to speak with campaign supporters. It is vital that the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) who are based in Southampton and responsible for making decisions on the application, send representation to the Highlands to meet and listen to concerns put forward, explain the decision making role further, and advise when they will take the decision on this application.

Photo Credits: Marine Connection

Watch video footage of Councillor Craig Fraser

Marine Connection’s Director, Margaux Dodds & ‘Windsor’

Craig Fraser, Scottish National Party Councillor, Black Isle & Friends

Edward Mountain, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MSP, Highlands and Islands (photobombed by ‘Windsor’)

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