Oil has been a very contentious issue ever since they discovered that there was an abundance of the Black stuff off the coast of Scotland back in the 1970’s.
Back then we were told on good authority from Westminster that there wasn’t very much of it, and that it would soon run out, and Indeed according to them it should have run out about at least 5 times by now, In the 80s, the 90s, 2000, and by Alastair Darlings latest predictions in the next few years, maybe by the end of 2017 with the numbers of barrels he says we’ve got left.
But even should the oil last a wee bit longer, we are assured that Scotland cannot rely on the stuff, it is volatile, and we could soon find ourselves bankrupt, and then what will we do? These worrying stories about oil all depend on one important factor, they only occur in this fashion should Scotland choose to be independent…
As we all know now though, the picture is not all quite how it seems. When they had a report in the 70’s from Prof Gavin McCrone saying that Scotland would be incredibly wealthy if we had our own control over oil, Westminster parties, Labour and Conservative promptly hid the news for over 30 years. But just in case Scotland did go Independent back then, they devised all sorts of plans and wheezes, which Included annexing off the Orkneys and Shetlands and retaining them for themselves. Then more recently with the collusion of the former Labour executive in Holyrood, they quietly stitched up a new sea border with Tony Blair so that the new English maritime border stretched up past St Andrews and Carnoustie. But even at that, should it be applied to oil, would still leave the majority of the major oil fields in Scottish waters.
I have reported for nearly two years here that it was a well known fact that there is a large amount of oil off the West Coast in the Atlantic off the Western Isles, having spoken to a French Oil geologist back in the 80’s who was surveying for an oil company up there…To quote him…” We think that the potential for oil out in these waters would make the amount in the whole of the North sea seem like a basin full by comparison, but we are not allowed by the British government to drill there”
Given the expose in the Sunday Post this week based on Freedom of Information from national records that there was a strong belief by BP and Chevron back in the 80’s that there was oil in the Firth of Clyde, but were denied consent to test drill there by the MOD, who said it would interfere with the Polarus subs from the Holy Loch and Faslane, and was subsequently hushed up. Perhaps we should not be at all surprised, considering that the Irish recently announced that there was 500million barrels approx of the stuff in the Rathlin Basin in Northern Ireland, just south of the Mull of Kintyre. Which falls neatly in that area.
Given this to be the case, then Westminster and the MOD have acted against the best interests of Scotland and the Clyde back then, and continue to do so. The Clyde instead of hanging onto a couple of yards for shipbuilding, could have been thriving again.
Indeed millions of pounds were spent by Chevron, looking to build an oil terminal at Hunterston on the Clyde coast, but it too had to be shelved. Now why would Chevron or BP go to such and extent if they didn’t believe there was a lot of money to be made in the area.
Conveniently the MOD has lost all its maps and references to this time, and BP say that they no longer posses their surveys. I think they are both telling porkies for different reasons… The MOD denial is obvious, they still want their nuclear toys parked in Scotland. The BP denial of retaining their records I feel is most probably commercial, and they will be waiting to see if Scotland does go Independent, then we might see these records miraculously being found by them!
When we have heard all these old chesnuts from westminster and the House of Lords in the past year spouting on yet again about annexing the Shetlands, and laying claim to Rockall In the Atlantic, we have to ask ourselves why they want a lump of Atlantic Scottish Rock? The answer is clear to me, by claiming Rockall it would give them a foothold into Scotlands Atlantic waters and the oil that is there. They know it, I know it, and whats more hopefully an Independent Scotland will know it!
The papers down south are full of the report commissioned by the British government from Sir Ian Wood on the oil Industry, and they are overjoyed to hear him report back that British oil reserves in the North Sea can provide an extra £200billion in additional barrels over the next 20 years, that is on top of what we can already expect under todays management.
With the Oil and Gas Industry expecting at least £4Trillion still to come.
Even that excess which Sir Ian Wood has Identified would produce an extra £10billion per year to Scotland.
When it reported as Britains Oil, it is a boon, funny how it only becomes a liability and extremely volatile when it is Scotlands oil.
The simple fact of the matter is, we cannot believe for one instance that Westminster has Scotlands best interests at heart, we have plenty evidence to the contrary, and particularly so when It comes to the Black stuff!
And finally the UK Govs Oil and Gas Offshore map…Pay particular attention to the areas shaded which show where exploration is Denied!!!