To acquaint New England with northeast Scotland's experiences and problems in coping with the onshore impacts of offshore oil development, the M.I.T. Sea Grant Program sponsored this lecture in April, 1975, by Mr. John Hutton, Development Officer of the North East Scotland Development Authority. The Sea Grant Program presented this regional perspective on offshore oil with the conviction that understanding and learning from other localities' responses to oil-related growth may be crucial to New England's own debates on proposed Georges Bank petroleum development. The text of the lecture is supplemented by the transcription of audience questions and Mr. Hutton's answers. Exploration for and production of oil and natural gas from the North Sea have already had an important impact on economic and social life in the North East Scotland region, which include the city of Aberdeen and the counties of Aberdeen, Banff, Kincardine, Moray, and Nairn. The offshore oil industry's potential for the economy of both the United Kingdom and the region is considerable, but the problems to be overcome have also been significant. The influx of oil-related companies has caused the reversal of Aberdeen's declining population statistics, has revitalized established businesses and attracted new ones, and has made local governments and private organizations work cooperatively to meet burgeoning demands for facilities, labor, and housing. But these developments have also strained existing resources, requiring a balancing of economic, social, and physical change. Of particular concern, for instance, are the apportionment of revenues from the oil and gas deposits and the potential conflicts between Scottish fishermen and continental shelf drilling.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Sea Grant Program, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Hutton, J
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

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  • Accession Number: 00098283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MITSG 75-15
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1975 12:00AM