Residents claim plans to build a windfarm near a picturesque Highland village will drive away holidaymakers and force businesses to close.
Total is considering sending its own teams into the exclusion zones around the Elgin platform despite fears it could explode.
A proposed offshore windfarm would be seen miles from some of the north-east's most popular vantage points, councillors heard yesterday.
The first single wind turbine in Easter Ross was yesterday narrowly given the go-ahead by Highland councillors despite attracting more than 70 objections from neighbouring residents.
OIL and gas industry leaders warned last night that coastguard cuts could leave the emergency service struggling to cope with a major incident in the North Sea.
HIGHLAND councillors yesterday deferred making a decision on an application to build the first single wind turbine in Easter Ross to allow them to scrutinise high-quality photographs of the proposal's visual impact.