This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
In 2018, the UK government granted oil giant BP permission to drill for new oil and gas in the North Sea within the Vorlich field. At the time, no legal route to challenge the decision could be taken because the government refused to publish the permits. Greenpeace activists therefore scaled the oil rig on its way to the site.
Greenpeace subsequently took the government to court, demanding the permits were published in order to legally challenge the exploration. In April 2020, the UK government finally admitted fault and published the permits, which Greenpeace are now challenging.