Posted on October 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A number of Greenpeace activists boarded two oil platforms in the North Sea belonging to Shell, in order to protest against the company’s decommissioning plans.
The group, which comprises of campaigners from the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark has occupied the Brent Alpha and Bravo oil rigs as a form of protest.
Greenpeace claims that at least four of Shell’s Brent platforms will be abandoned, while still holding over 11,000 tonnes of oil.
"Shell's plans are outrageous and go against international agreements to protect the sea. The 11,000 tons of oil that is still stored in the foundation of the platforms will sooner or later end up in the sea. That is unacceptable. The North Sea is not a garbage dump, Shell has to clean up its mess,” said Joris Thijssen, director for Greenpeace Netherlands in a statement to the press.
Shell confirmed that at least four individuals have boarded the soon-to-be decommissioned rigs.
“We can confirm that two protestors have boarded the Brent Alpha platform and one has climbed onto the Brent Bravo concrete legs. Their safety and that of our workers are our prime concern at this moment,” said a Shell spokesman in a statement.
Shell however vehemently continues to deny the claims of the environmental protection group. The oil major insists that their plans have the backing of more than 300 scientific and technical studies and that the proposals are “safe, environmentally sound, technically achievable and socially responsible”.
Under OSPAR (Oslo/Paris Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic, a mechanism by which 15 Governments and the EU cooperate to protect the local marine environment), oil installations must be completely removed once they reach the end of their production cycle. Shell however seeks an exemption to the rules set by the convention.
The final ruling is expected to be delivered by the UK government.