It came after ministers stressed that while the UK should cut back on fossil fuels in the long-term, domestic oil and gas markets are in turmoil after Russia’s attack on Ukraine sent international oil and gas markets into turmoil. There was a need to increase production.
However, Greenpeace argues that the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (Opred) failed in its statutory duty to assess Jackdaw’s environmental impact.
For example, he says, operations should consider not only the emissions from the process of extracting gas from the field, but also the emissions that result from flaring that same gas.
In total, they estimate that 284.4 billion cubic feet of gas will be extracted from Jack Dow, along with 2 million barrels of non-gas liquids, resulting in more than 16 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
This is roughly equivalent to Ghana’s annual emissions in 2020, Greenpeace said.
Mr Evans, an oil and gas transition campaigner at Greenpeace, added: “The government knows that burning fossil fuels is causing a climate crisis, yet they approve a new gas field without proper climate testing. are giving
“Meanwhile household bills are rising, and the government is ignoring common sense solutions – such as home insulation, heat pumps and cheap renewable electricity.
“We believe this is an astonishing disregard for the government’s legal responsibility, and we will not allow it to stand.
“Every time we see the government act illegally to greenlight new fossil fuels, we stand ready to fight in the courts.”
It is a fresh headache for ministers just days after Friends of the Earth, Client Earth and the Good Law Project successfully challenged the national “Net Zero” strategy in the High Court.
The government was ordered to explain how various policies would achieve the UK’s emissions targets after judges ruled it had failed to do so.
In a separate legal challenge, Greenpeace is trying to stop BP from extracting oil from the Vorlich field and has threatened to withdraw if the government allows Shell to develop an oil field in Kambo.
A spokesman for the campaign group disputed suggestions that the measures could harm Britain’s energy security, pointing to statements from ministers themselves to back it up.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarting has said Britain “does not have a supply problem” and the energy crisis is a “price problem”.
“We have a lot of gas from very diverse and safe sources – but it’s very expensive,” he tweeted in February.
“Additional North Sea production will not materially impact wholesale prices.”