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Environmental teams declare Shell’s plans to decommission one of many North Sea’s most iconic fields may breach worldwide legislation.

The oil big lodged plans to decommission the Brent field with the UK authorities in February.

It needs to go away the legs of three of the platforms in place relatively than eradicating them, which Shell has described because the most secure possibility.

Environmentalists say the plans are usually not detailed sufficient to justify the transfer.

Every of the platform legs are product of concrete and metal and weigh about 300,000 tonnes.

Brent is iconic as a result of it lends its title to the benchmark of the North Sea, Brent Crude.

WWF, Greenpeace UK, the Marine Conservation Society, Mates of the Earth Scotland, Worldwide Environmental Organisation Kimo, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the Scottish Wildlife Belief, and RSPB Scotland have joined forces to reject the plan.

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks mentioned: “Regardless of some three,000 pages of paperwork, it has not been attainable to come back to a view on Shell’s decommissioning proposal resulting from inadequate data being supplied by the corporate throughout a number of key areas.

“The internationally-agreed Ospar guidelines set out very clear standards and procedures for operators to comply with in finishing up such assessments, however we don’t imagine they’ve been adhered to with regard to disposing of the Brent platforms.

“The fabric offered by Shell can’t be clearly cross-referenced to the Ospar necessities that means we can’t assess whether or not or not there’s a strong case for the derogations sought.

“We’re due to this fact left with no alternative however to reject Shell’s plans of their present state and have requested for key additional data to adequately assess their proposals.”

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Greenpeace took direct motion when Shell proposed sinking Brent Spar at sea in 1995

Shell does not need a repeat of Brent Spar.

When it proposed sinking the oil storage set up at sea in 1995, it prompted direct action by Greenpeace.

Greenpeace UK chief scientist Dr Doug Parr mentioned: “The plans of their present type do not permit worldwide legislation to be upheld, as a result of it is not attainable for regulators to actually perceive what the proposition is.

“We do not suppose they’ve explored choices totally, we do not suppose they’ve justified the choices we wish to carry by way of and we expect they need to return and correctly do their homework.

“We can’t rule in or out taking direct motion on this or frankly another marketing campaign as a result of we do not discuss our marketing campaign plans intimately prematurely. What I can say is that we’re going to proceed to observe and to look at and ensure worldwide legislation is upheld and Shell does the best factor in doing so.”

A 60-day session on Shells decommissioning programme for the Brent subject has now closed.

A Shell spokesman Shell mentioned: “Shell welcomes the suggestions, which has been obtained from stakeholders and members of the general public in the course of the 60-day public session interval for the Brent subject.

“The session concludes at this time and, over the approaching weeks, we’ll proceed to evaluate and reply to the feedback obtained.

Authorities ministers will now determine whether or not to just accept the plans.

A spokeswoman for the Division for Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique mentioned: “Any decommissioning plan shall be rigorously thought of by the federal government, making an allowance for environmental, security and price implications, the impression on different customers of the ocean and a public session.”