By Paula Owen, Tony Rice
Decommissioning of Brent Spar chronicles the occasions best as much as the hot determination to recycle the offshore install in a Norwegian fjord; the Greenpeace crusade to prevent it being dumped at sea; the repercussions of Shell's choice to abort the decommissioning on the 11th hour; and the discussion strategies that experience happened to try to solve the issue.
This booklet will provide a balanced, neutral account of the entire scenario to its modern day, its key goal being to notify the reader concerning the proof and mechanisms of the discussion strategy and the necessity to strategy judgements in a unique way.
Readers will reap the benefits of an account of the errors made via each side, the enter from executive, the clinical neighborhood, the click and public, and will practice this data to destiny environmental matters.
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DNV then requested access to the official log books that every offshore installation is obliged to maintain at all times and which have to be deposited with the Department of Energy at six-monthly intervals. ‘For the period of interest’, says the DNV Report, The HSE [Health and Safety Executive] in Aberdeen was only able to produce the log books for the period December 1981 to December 1982. In these books DNV found no evidence of incidents which could explain Mr Lennie’s version of events. Subsequent correspondence with the HSE indicates that log books prior to 1982 may have been destroyed when responsibility for keeping official log books for offshore Copyright 1999 Tony Rice and Paula Owen structures passed from the DOE [Department of the Environment] to the HSE.
The documents suppor ting Shell’s licence application are highly conjectural. They contain numerous unsubstantiated assumptions, minimal data and extrapolations from unnamed studies Greenpeace was able to point to a number of questionable statements, including assumptions about the contents and their possible toxicological effects referring back to the first two objections. But Shell also included assumptions about the fate of the Spar as it sank, concluding that it would not break up in the water column, nor disintegrate catastrophically when it reached the bottom.
When the resulting samples had been analysed at the Greenpeace Research Laboratories, Greenpeace announced in mid-June, shortly before Shell’s change of heart, that it had found more than 5,000 tonnes of oil in the tanks. At the time, although Shell disputed the Greenpeace claim, the details of how the Spar’s occupants had taken their samples was not subjected to close scrutiny. However, during the subsequent survey DNV were naturally interested in these details. At a meeting between DNV and Greenpeace in early August the impression was given that the samples had been obtained from M deck, that is immediately above the tanks and 29m below sea level.