Liberal Vannin has said that any gas in Manx water should should stay where it is.
The party has said it broadly supports the Climate Change Coalition’s recently announced position on gas exploration and extraction in Manx Waters, which you can see below.
A statement issued by Lib Vannin chairman Paul Weatherall said that the party has ‘no objection in principle to exploratory research into mineral and other resources within the island’s jurisdiction’.
Mr Weatherall’s statement said that the party believes that the recent extension to Crogga’s exploration licence ‘does Crogga an injustice’. It also said that the extensions ‘signals a willingness by the government to consider licensing extraction, which we believe is wrong at this time’.
It added: ‘Liberal Vannin believes that any undeveloped gas or other fossil fuel reserves yet to be discovered or proven should remain where they are, unexploited. At least unless and until future technological advances allows commercial use on a net zero basis, i.e. without contributing to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
‘We therefore call, on government to confirm this as part of its Island Plan. This Plan should also include the commissioning of a report into how the Pulrose gas-fired power station will be replaced during the 2030s and the drawing up an agreement to commission a second Interconnector for electricity supply with the UK.’