INEOS faces environmental charges in relation to an oil spill that threatened the Forth last year.
MSPs have welcomed the decision to abandon plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Forth.
CAMPAIGNERS today hailed the "best news possible" for the Firth of Forth after controversial ship-to-ship oil transfers were dropped.
CONTROVERSIAL proposals for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Firth of Forth were rejected yesterday in a move applauded by environmental campaigners and politicians from all parties.
THE news that Forth Ports is abandoning its plans to apply for permission to transfer oil from ship to ship in the Firth of Forth will be regarded as a victory by environment campaigners. But given there is no assurance that the plans have been dropped in perpetuity, it is a pragmatic and tactical withdrawal to avoid legislation which could have outlawed it for good.
PLANS to transfer millions of tonnes of crude oil from tanker to tanker in the Firth of Forth have been dropped.
CAMPAIGNERS today claimed victory in their bid to block ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Forth.
MARK LAZAROWICZ, Labour MP for Edinburgh North & Leith, says he is hoping for a "positive response" from the UK Government to his Private Member's Bill to tighten up regulation of ship-to-ship oil transfers.
THE recent talks in Bali to map out a successor to the Kyoto Treaty have shown once again that environmental issues are now at the top of the political and news agendas.
SCOTTISH MP Mark Lazarowicz is to introduce a bill to tighten up the regulation of ship-to-ship oil transfers around the UK following a row over plans to conduct them in the Firth of Forth.
THE controversial practice of transferring tonnes of crude oil between tankers will not be covered by a UK Marine Bill, it emerged yesterday, sparking fury among environmentalists.
A BIRD conservation group is backing moves by East Lothian MP Anne Moffat to tighten up the law on ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Forth.
UK Government ministers were today urged to act over controversial plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Forth.
LOTHIANS Green MSP Robin Harper is pressing the Scottish Government to use its new powers over ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Forth.
ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners today welcomed a decision by the Scottish Parliament to give ministers new powers to put a brake on ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Forth.
NEW powers enabling ministers to freeze plans for a controversial oil shipment operation yesterday passed their penultimate parliamentary hurdle.
NEW powers which would allow ministers effectively to "call in" future ship-to-ship oil transfers on the Forth were today welcomed by Greens.
THE Scottish administration is expected to bring forward powers that might stop ship-to-ship transfers on the Firth of Forth.