1st Edition

Decommissioning the Brent Spar

By Paula Owen, Tony Rice Copyright 1999
    192 Pages
    by CRC Press

    196 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Decommissioning of Brent Spar chronicles the events leading up to the recent decision to recycle the offshore installation in a Norwegian fjord; the Greenpeace campaign to stop it being dumped at sea; the repercussions of Shell's decision to abort the decommissioning at the eleventh hour; and the dialogue processes that have occurred to attempt to resolve the issue.
    This book will give a balanced, impartial account of the whole situation to its present day, its key aim being to inform the reader about the facts and mechanisms of the dialogue process and the need to approach decisions in a different way.
    Readers will benefit from an account of the mistakes made by both sides, the input from government, the scientific community, the press and public, and can apply this knowledge to future environmental issues.

    Introduction. What was the Brent Spar? Decommissioning and the BPEO Process. The Scientific Debate. The Use and Abuse of Precedent. The Seige. The Capitulation. The Aftermath: July-August 1995. The Way Forward: the Search for a Solution. The Brent Spar Legacy. Epilogue: was the Brent Spar a Good or Bad Thing? Appendix 1: International law and agreements. Appendix 2: The long list. Notes. Bibliography. Index.


    Paula Owen, Tony Rice

    "... provides a very readable account of the events of the summer of 1995, and examines the many issues with impartiality. The author ...lament secondary role which science had to playin debate, and they are frequently critical of Grennpeace. But they seem to be happy with the outcome." - Petroleum Economist

    'Written to clarify a very complex and confusing situation...a book worthy of some attention.' - Farnham Herald

    'A fine case study of how scientific advice can be distorted or ignored or both' - Ocean Challenge

    'Fascinating' - Down to Earth