The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands, an outsider's view.


Shell takes Greenpeace to court over discontinued North Sea oil rigs

Shell is battling Greenpeace around the environmental group’s plans to demonstrate on four North Sea oil rigs.

The rigs, which the oil giant has said will not be fully dismantled, are largely our of operation with one still in use. The British government has already stated that Shell can leave the rigs foundations on the sea bed, but the new case will come before a Scottish court on Thursday.

Besides the metal and concrete rigs, some 11,000 tons of oil fill tanks that, Greenpeace sais, will cause an environmental disaster. Shell, says that removing them will be extremely dangerous and over time they will breakdown without causing many problems. Shell also takes issue with the panned demonstrations, claiming that they too compromise worker safety.

On the matter, the Dutch government has taken a different stand from its British counterpart, claiming it also wants Shell to clean up the foundations of the rigs. Dutch infrastructure minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has said that the Netherlands will join Germany in formal protests against the plan.