Following reports that the UK Government has endorsed plans by Shell to leave some decommissioned North Sea oil infrastructure in place rather than dismantling the structures, Liberal Democrat MEP Sheila Ritchie has written to the UK Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth to raise serious concerns.
Ms Ritchie said:
“Failing to decommission oil structures appropriately means thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste, including crude oil, could remain in place for up to 500 years after the platforms have been decommissioned.
“Ministers have been warned that Shell’s plans failed to properly take into account the long-term risks to the environment and increased threat of ship traffic maritime accidents.
“Proper decommissioning of oil rigs in the North Sea, would mitigate threats to our environment and risks to maritime shipping while developing the expertise required as we move away from fossil fuels, providing the North East of Scotland with a growth industry.”