Cromarty Rising Group Protest against Oil Transfers

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The Cromarty Rising group are gathering at Holyrood tomorrow to protest against ship to ship oil transfers in Cromarty Firth. The Cromarty Firth Port Authority want permission to transfer millions of tonnes of crude oil in the Inner Moray Firth which is home to the only pod of bottlenose dolphins in the UK.

The application is for up to 48 transfers of oil annually, with a maximum transfer of 180,000 tonnes per operation, with mooring points just to the east of the South and North Sutors.

During the process 2 million tonnes of dirty water will be discharged directly on top of the dolphins each year and an oil spill would be catastrophic to the marine environment.

The port authority have said that procedures have been put in place in order to prevent the accidental spill of oil and the risk of this happening is minimal.

Protesters have argued that “Unlike a planning application, the determination process undertaken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is not undertaken in the public domain or in a transparent manner.”

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