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Decommissioning the Brent Spar [NOOK Book]

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In 1995 the giant oil company Shell obtained a UK Government licence to dispose of the redundant oil storage and off-loading platform, Brent Spar, by sinking it in the deep North Atlantic. The Greenpeace occupation of the Spar in May 1995 in protest against this plan, and the resulting controversy leading to Shell's capitulation in late June, dominated the news media, not only in Britain and Europe, but around the world. It was to be a further three years before the UK government issued a licence for the final ...
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Decommissioning the Brent Spar

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Overview

In 1995 the giant oil company Shell obtained a UK Government licence to dispose of the redundant oil storage and off-loading platform, Brent Spar, by sinking it in the deep North Atlantic. The Greenpeace occupation of the Spar in May 1995 in protest against this plan, and the resulting controversy leading to Shell's capitulation in late June, dominated the news media, not only in Britain and Europe, but around the world. It was to be a further three years before the UK government issued a licence for the final disposal of the Spar, this time involving its re-use in a quay extension in Norway. In the meantime the Brent Spar affair had had significant effects on the commercial world, government and environmental groups and was widely seen as a victory for common sense and the environment over the vested interest of big business. But there was, and still is, a great deal of confusion surrounding the Spar, with claims and counterclaims from all sides about the rights and wrongs of the situation, and even the facts. This book examines the background to the story, what Shell did to obtain the original deep-sea disposal licence, what happened at the height of the controversy, and the subsequent developments leading to the final disposal option. It explains how the misinformation and confusion arose and identifies serious deficiencies in the Best Practicable Environmental Option process, the system used in the UK to determine the fate of potentially environmentally damaging waste. It concludes that serious errors were made by all organisations directly involved, including the government, Shell and Greenpeace. However, the overall result should be positive if, as a result of these errors, the system is improved and the same types of mistakes are not made in relation to future 'Brent Spars'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203222058
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 What was the Brent Spar? 14
2 Decommissioning and the BPEO process 30
3 The scientific debate 42
4 The use and abuse of precedent 53
5 The siege 58
6 The capitulation 85
7 The aftermath: July-August 1995 105
8 The way forward: the search for a solution 116
9 The Brent Spar legacy 134
10 Epilogue: was the Brent Spar a 'good' or a 'bad' thing? 143
App. 1 International law and agreements 153
App. 2 The long list 161
Notes 167
Bibliography 176
Index 178
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