ENVIRONMENTAL groups have raised the alarm over Shell’s plans to decommission the Brent oilfield in the North Sea because the proposals could be in breach of international rules.
Groups including WWF Scotland, Greenpeace UK and the Marine Conservation Society have submitted a joint response warning that the oil giant’s proposals contain “insufficient information.”
Shell is proposing to decommission four of its platforms and is seeking permission from the government to leave the concrete legs of three of them in the seabed.
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said the Ospar rules, which govern how countries protect the marine environment in the north-east Atlantic, “set out very clear criteria and procedures for operators … but we do not believe they have not been fully adhered to in this case.”
Mr Banks said that if decommissioning was done correctly, “it could open the door for this country to lead a new multi-billion-pound global decommissioning industry.”
Shell said it would respond to the comments in the coming weeks.