Big tests are looming in offshore wind

SourceEnergy Voice
SectorOil & Gas
CountryMiddle east

It’s several decades since I first wrote about the Crown Estate and its enormously influential hold over Scotland’s coastal waters.  At that time, it was a virtually unknown subject. Today, it is more relevant than ever. The extraordinary powers of the Crown Estate became apparent when they started handing out fish farming licences to companies in the 1980s without consulting anyone. People whose families had lived beside west coast lochs for generations suddenly found the seabed had been leased to a multinational company. One of the reasons nobody was holding the Crown Estate to account was that it was actually illegal to do so. Under the quite extraordinary Crown Estate Act of 1961, it was an offence “to inquire as to the extent of the Commissioners’ authority or the observance of any restriction on the exercise of their powers”. The campaign to make this organisation accountable to coastal communities has been going on ever since and there has certainly been progress.

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