Decommissioning the 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.

chapter |13 pages


Why write a book about the Brent Spar?

chapter 1|16 pages

What was the Brent Spar?

chapter 2|12 pages

Decommissioning and the BPEO process

chapter 3|11 pages

The scientific debate

chapter 4|5 pages

The use and abuse of precedent

chapter 5|27 pages

The siege

chapter 6|20 pages

The capitulation

chapter 7|11 pages

The aftermath: July-August 1995

chapter 8|18 pages

The way forward

The search for a solution

chapter 9|9 pages

The Brent Spar legacy

chapter 10|10 pages


Was the Brent Spar a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ thing?