Local News for Thursday 8th September 2016
UK Government inquiry into rig grounding
The UK Government’s Transport Select Committee is to carry out an inquiry into the grounding of the oil rig Transocean Winner, which ran aground on rocks in Dalmore last month. Following a request from Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil, the committee chair, Louise Ellman MP, will ask rig owners Transocean to attend a Committee Hearing. The inquiry will be a single oral evidence session, with no timetable yet set for when it will happen. Mr MacNeil said: “Questions need to be answered such as: what risk assessment was carried out prior to the moving of this rig? And, given the severe weather warnings, why was the rig exposed to the full force of the Atlantic gale? I also hope that the Transport Select Committee will focus on the MCA refusing to have another tug in Stornoway. The recent justification given by the MCA cites evidence taken earlier this year, before the Transocean Winner went on the rocks. We are talking of a five-year timeline and we know full well that an incident such as the Transocean Winner is a one in twenty or fifty year event”.