By Paula Owen, Tony Rice
Decommissioning of Brent Spar chronicles the occasions major as much as the new selection to recycle the offshore deploy in a Norwegian fjord; the Greenpeace crusade to forestall it being dumped at sea; the repercussions of Shell's determination to abort the decommissioning on the 11th hour; and the discussion tactics that experience happened to try to unravel the issue.
This e-book will supply a balanced, neutral account of the complete scenario to its modern, its key goal being to notify the reader in regards to the proof and mechanisms of the discussion strategy and the necessity to method judgements in a unique way.
Readers will make the most of an account of the error made via either side, the enter from executive, the medical neighborhood, the click and public, and will practice this information to destiny environmental concerns.
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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. From DNV’s knowledge of the Spar’s construction, and particularly its pipework, it doubted that this was possible but did not express its reservations to Greenpeace.
But exactly how the BPEO system was to operate was not spelt out in the original Royal Commission report. Instead, the practicalities of the system developed gradually and were eventually the subject of the Commission’s Twelfth Report published in 1988. Here, the BPEO system was described as ‘a procedure that would lead, if properly implemented, to reductions in environmental pollution and to improvements in the quality of the environment as a whole’. Because the procedure should be open, the interpretation of ‘practicable’ would be subject to scrutiny and the risk of lax environmental practices would be reduced.
Copyright 1999 Tony Rice and Paula Owen Chapter 3 The scientific debate Shell abandoned their deep-sea disposal plan for the Brent Spar for a complex mix of socio-economic reasons, but certainly not because they had ‘lost’ the scientific argument. Similarly, Greenpeace succeeded in mobilising opposition to the plan by appealing to a strong pro-environment and anti—big business sentiment in the general public, and not because they had ‘won’ on science. Nevertheless, both sides used science as an important part of their respective cases: Shell to try and demonstrate the environmental acceptability of the deep-sea disposal option, which happened also to be the cheapest and technically easiest; Greenpeace to negate Shell’s arguments even though they subsequently claimed that it was the principle and precedent elements of the marine disposal to which they objected, rather than the specific environmental impact of the Spar itself.
Decommissioning the Brent Spar by Paula Owen, Tony Rice