The lead election candidate for the Scottish Greens in the Highlands and Islands has criticised the sale of an oil field 90 miles east of the isles.
Ariane Burgess says a decision by Sullom Voe operator EnQuest to acquire control of the Bentley oil field will risk a “dire environmental impact” during the climate emergency.
Bentley is one of the biggest so-called under-developed oil fields in the area. The EnQuest deal is thought to be worth up to £23 million.
Ms Burgess said: “Scientists say that we only have nine years to stop irreversible damage from climate change. We need real climate action and a green transition for Shetland, not more oil field exploration.
“This deal will have a dire environmental impact at a time when we should be doing all we can to tackle the climate emergency and build a greener society.”