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Shell's lack of transparency criticised

Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead has added his voice to widespread criticism of Shell’s communication over the North Sea oil spill.

The Scottish government said today that Lochhead has “urged again for better communication” and “stressed the importance of openness and transparency”.

Lochhead said: “I stressed, once again, the importance of clear communication on the current operation and the expectation people have for complete openness and transparency on the situation.

“I was assured by both that this point had been taken on board, and I’m pleased to see that steps have now been taken to put more information in the public domain. This must continue.”

Greenpeace has also vocally criticised Shell’s lack of transparency, and accused it of “shameless greenwashing”. RSPB Scotland director Stuart Housden has also spoken out. He said: “We now need to ensure that the forthcoming inquiry is open and transparent. We need to know what happened, why and if those responsible will be held accountable.” Shell did not publicly confirm the accident until Friday, despite it happening last Wednesday.

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