The Viking Energy project has divided the Shetland community to a greater extent than any other issue since I was first elected.
The Shetland Times poll showed a roughly even balance in Shetland between those who support the project and those who oppose it.
As Shetland’s MSP, I am asked to represent both sides which is what I have done. My ability to do this would be compromised were I to support one side or the other.
I regret the decision by the council to reject my suggestion for a consultative ballot of all Shetland residents.
This is information councillors may still need to help them to make the further decisions they may have to make, on our behalf, such as on whether or not to invest in the project.
But the immediate issue is the planning application currently with Scottish ministers.
I have asked ministers for the application to be considered at a public inquiry.
This would allow an independent assessment to be made of the application.
Given the size of the project, such a public examination of its merits and impacts is justified.
MSP for Shetland.