Climate chief encouraged oil exploration in North Sea
- The sacked president of this year’s international climate summit held meetings with fossil fuel companies to encourage oil exploration in the North Sea, Unearthed has learned.
- Documents released under Freedom of Information rules suggest government officials are working to further develop oil exploration off the coast of Scotland, even as the UK hosts a major climate summit there this year.
- They reveal details of meetings which Claire O’Neill held while energy minister in Theresa May’s government.
- O’Neill, who was removed as president of COP 26 last month by Boris Johnson, met with oil companies Statoil, Total, Shell and ExxonMobil in 2018.