The discovery of what could be an enormous deposit of oil under the North Sea poses a problem for the inhabitants of the remote Shetland and Orkney Islands.
CU PAN..Oil drill turning
CU Animated map showing route oil will take from new field through Lerwick to Scapa Flow and out north westwards to another new field
AIR VIEW..Shetland Islands
AIR VIEW..fishing boat in rough seas
LV PAN..Ships in harbour (3 shots)
SV PAN..Shetland Trader unloading timber (2 shots)
SV & CU Boat unloading fish (3 shots)
LV Typical street on island
SV & CU INTERIOR..women knitting (4 shots)
SV & CU Sheep feeding
AIR VIEW..Scapa Flow harbour
LV Naval wreckage and debris on island (4 shots)
AIR VIEW..disused oil storage tanks
AIR VIEW..wrecks of naval vessels in harbour (2 shots)
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Background: The discovery of what could be an enormous deposit of oil under the North Sea poses a problem for the inhabitants of the remote Shetland and Orkney Islands.
The island lie close to the oil fields -- and a controversy has developed over whether the islanders should welcome the industry the find is expected to bring to the area -- or resist it, as a threat to the traditional way of life.
Fishing and knitwear are the mainstays of the Shetland and Orkney economy at present, but those resisting the establishment of the oil industry says there's something much more intangible to be lost in a rush of industrial development. This, they say, is the present community of interest and spirit, which makes the Shetland and Orkney Islands a distinctive part of the United Kingdom.