Germany’s position on decommissioning oil platforms in the North Sea: Brent Spar Revisited?
Published: 28 May 2020 Author: Kristina Schönfeldt
In spring 1995, the Brent Field – an oil and gas development area located 186 km north-east of the Shetland Islands in the North Sea and thus under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom – gave rise to a heated public debate. Greenpeace activists from Germany protested against the sinking of the Brent Spar, an oil storage facility and tanker loading buoy in the Brent Field operated by the petroleum company Shell UK, fearing disastrous consequences for the marine environment. Germany and Iceland shared their concerns and formally objected to the disposal of Brent Spar at sea. (more…)