December 18, 2023

We’re taking the government to court to #StopRosebank

In September, the UK government approved the development of the controversial Rosebank oil field. Rosebank is not compatible with a safe climate or liveable future.

We believe that this decision is not just morally and economically wrong, but unlawful. The government’s claim that drilling Rosebank is compatible with the UK’s obligations and a safe climate isn't adding up - and we will prove it in court.

We’re filing not just one, but two cases against the government so we can #StopRosebank. Two separate cases have been filed against the decision, one by Uplift, the other by Greenpeace UK and both will be heard in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

The cases will argue that:

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These cases are being supported by:, BankTrack, Culture Unstained, Environmental Justice Foundation, Extinction Rebellion, Friday for Future Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Fossil Free London, Fossil Free Parliament, Fuel Poverty Action, Global Witness, Green New Deal Rising, Greenpeace Norway, Grandparents Climate Campaign Norway, Laudato Si Movement, Lawyers are Responsible, MedAct, Mothers Rise Up, Oceana, Oil Change International, Parents for Future UK, Platform, Sierra Club Canada, Tipping Point, War on Want, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, World Cetacean Alliance.

More about the cases

Uplift and Greenpeace are both filing judicial review challenges to the government’s decision to approve Rosebank. The cases argue that the decisions of the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero and the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) are unlawful because: