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Environmental teams declare Shell’s plans to decommission one of many North Sea’s most iconic fields might 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 slightly than eradicating them, which Shell has described because the most secure choice.

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

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

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

WWF, Greenpeace UK, the Marine Conservation Society, Buddies 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 stated: “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 info 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 consider 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 which means we can’t assess whether or not or not there’s a stable case for the derogations sought.

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

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

Shell would not desire 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 stated: “The plans of their present kind do not enable 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 assume they’ve explored choices totally, we do not assume they’ve justified the choices we need to carry by way of and we predict they need to return and correctly do their homework.

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

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

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

“The session concludes right this moment and, over the approaching weeks, we’ll proceed to assessment and reply to the feedback acquired.

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

A spokeswoman for the Division for Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique stated: “Any decommissioning plan will probably be rigorously thought-about by the federal government, bearing in mind environmental, security and value implications, the affect on different customers of the ocean and a public session.”