Following up on the last oil leak – this is from the Firth of Forth application
The decision against this specific proposal for ship-to-ship transfers of oil in the Firth of Forth will be welcomed by all those who have campaigned against the proposal
Charles Hammond, group chief executive of Forth Ports, said: “In our role as the harbour authority for the Firth of Forth we have a statutory duty to assess all applications to undertake commercial activity on the river.
“We have used both internal expertise and independent expert advisors, taking into account all safety and environmental considerations and have undertaken one of the most extensive consultation exercises ever carried out in the UK.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the scope of the proposed project, we have decided that this application is not in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.”
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government joins the communities of the Firth of Forth in warmly welcoming this decision by Forth Ports.
“The decision against this specific proposal for ship-to-ship transfers of oil in the Firth of Forth will be welcomed by all those who have campaigned against the proposal.”