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Germany demands Britain to eliminate "time bombs" in the North Sea

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Britain was reminded of another overlooked consequence of secession from the European Union (Brexit). The European Commission, on the initiative of Germany and the 4 countries of Europe (Sweden, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands), appealed to London with a request to dismantle old drilling platforms and installations in the North Sea.




We are talking about platforms that were previously installed for oil production by European companies, including Shell's British subsidiaries. These plants have exhausted their resources and are now rusting in the open spaces of the North Sea. The European Commission calls such towers "time bombs" that can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem of the region. From London, "time bombs" (that is, old towers) are required to liquidate and clean up the water area.

The German government, on the initiative of which a study of these towers was conducted, reports that at the base of 4's, including the Bravo and Delta drilling rigs, about 11 thousand tons of toxins accumulated. Some of the old towers were burning.

Britain rejects the claims of Germany and other countries, saying that the towers are in the special economic zone of the United Kingdom, and therefore it is for London to decide whether to dismantle them or not. But in Berlin they say that the ecology of the North Sea is a pan-European affair, and if Britain intends to leave the EU, it should take a responsible approach to the problem of abandoned oil production infrastructure objects - not to leave Europe alone with environmental danger.

Germany also has complaints against the Danish government, which continues to claim that the Nord Stream-2 pipeline project poses an environmental hazard to northern Europe, but which for some reason ignores the danger of abandoned British rigs.

The Guardian newspaper recalls that claims to decommissioned oil infrastructure arose in the mid-90's. Then in Britain they suggested simply flooding the infrastructure that had been exhausted for its time, but this caused environmental protests in Europe. But the British government took an even simpler path: a study was commissioned by a group of Scottish ecologists who "found" that flooded rigs "could benefit the North Sea ecosystem, turning into artificial reefs suitable for marine life." For a while, the problem was pushed into the background, but Brexit again updated it.

In June this year, Shell cut off about a quarter of the metal platform structures, canceling further work. The argument is as follows: removing oil deposits in the base of the platforms is very risky and in addition expensive.
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  1. afrikanez
    afrikanez 4 September 2019 13: 51
    +18
    The argument is as follows: removing oil deposits in the base of the platforms is very risky and in addition expensive.
    Was it profitable to get loot for the sold oil? GreenPeace is not enough for them.
    1. Timon2155
      Timon2155 4 September 2019 13: 55
      +13
      The Western world is a world of double standards. The United States, along with Britain, is an empire of lies. So it was and it will be so))) There is no need to prove obvious things to them about the loot from oil and stuff, one figs they are right in their own version))) it's like playing with cheaters, it is futile.
      1. Cresta999
        Cresta999 4 September 2019 14: 21
        -17
        And we have a different type? !!
      2. Ilya-spb
        Ilya-spb 4 September 2019 18: 53
        +2
        Awarded - let them clean up after themselves!
    2. DMoroz
      DMoroz 4 September 2019 14: 47
      +15
      Anyone who walks GreenPeace dances her ... Well, he will bite his hand giving, it is better to attack Prirazlomnaya ...
      1. 210ox
        210ox 4 September 2019 14: 55
        +7
        For some reason, there are no more people willing to visit Prirazlomnaya .. Why? And there in the English Channel there are also air defense towers from the times of Churchill and Montgomery ..
    3. sir.jonn
      sir.jonn 4 September 2019 14: 49
      +16
      Quote: afrikanez
      The argument is as follows: removing oil deposits in the base of the platforms is very risky and in addition expensive.
      Was it profitable to get loot for the sold oil? GreenPeace is not enough for them.

      "GreenPeace" acts strictly in the interests of the nursery of "Democracy" and the environmental problem does not bother them.
    4. novobranets
      novobranets 4 September 2019 16: 17
      +5
      Quote: afrikanez
      GreenPeace is not enough for them.

      Green Peace (forgive me, Lord) eats from the hands of Shell and others like them, do you really expect that they will yap at their dad mom who drinks and eats and pays their salary? No.
  2. Honest Citizen
    Honest Citizen 4 September 2019 13: 56
    +8
    But the British government took an even simpler path: a study was commissioned from groups of Scottish ecologistswho "found" that flooded rigs "could benefit the ecosystem of the North Sea, turning into artificial reefs suitable for marine life."

    killed completely.
    Why not Pakistani ?: Or Iraqi?
  3. Amateur
    Amateur 4 September 2019 13: 59
    +8
    No brexitis
    drilling rigs "may benefit the North Sea ecosystem,

    With brexitis
    "Time bombs" that can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem of the region. From London "time bombs" (that is - old towers) are required to liquidate and clean up the water area.

    In Brussels, they themselves are already confused.
    And the "green letters" still claim that they are "on a voluntary basis and care exclusively about the environment." what
    1. Avior
      Avior 4 September 2019 14: 46
      +1
      drilling rigs "may benefit the North Sea ecosystem,

      This statement by the English themselves
  4. yehat
    yehat 4 September 2019 14: 24
    +5
    at least some benefit from the Germans. the fact that they live on such topics is good news.
  5. Rwmos
    Rwmos 4 September 2019 14: 36
    +6
    Bradania - mistress of the fields laughing Last year, French fishermen chowed down at English for fishing in the Strait, in this Iran showed who ruled the sea in those parts, now Luxembourg is bending an old shabby cat in the pose of a drinking deer in the North Sea laughing And where is the owner to whom the small Brehans from the Shire have so cleaned the afhedron since the end of the WWII? Hobbits, thrown overseas uncle? Well, let's remember what we used to do — go ahead, graze the sheep, and on Sundays quietly whine in the church, they say save us from the wrath of the Normans and others from the North.
    The haircut has just begun - the slaves do not like the owner, but they simply hate his servants-overseers. More than once will fly to you from all over Europe
  6. rocket757
    rocket757 4 September 2019 14: 45
    +3
    There you go. Another Geyropeyskaya Tramp is brewing!
  7. Karabas
    Karabas 4 September 2019 15: 01
    +6
    The European Commission, on the initiative of Germany and 4 other European countries (Sweden, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands), appealed to London with a request to dismantle old drilling platforms and rigs in the North Sea.

    The pound will soon hang around zero, this is unfinished with the largest external debt, there is almost no production for many years, the earnings of lawyers in the Russian state and oligarchy have fallen dramatically ... they will not dismantle anything, they are rogue.
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 4 September 2019 15: 50
      +4
      Quote: Karabas
      they will not dismantle anything, they are rogue.

      Of course they won’t. Impose them with manure on the environment. They understand perfectly well that what an accident there is, everyone nearby will deal with it.
      In June this year, Shell cut off about a quarter of the metal platform structures, canceling further work. The argument is as follows: removing oil deposits in the base of the platforms is very risky and also expensive.
  8. Ros 56
    Ros 56 4 September 2019 16: 03
    +6
    Has the voice of reason woken up among the Germans and others? It’s really amazing.
  9. Monar
    Monar 4 September 2019 16: 40
    +4
    Specialists, explain what kind of oil deposits? Yes, and 2.5 thousand tons for each drilling?
    Isn’t that not pumped out in the pipes left?
    1. S-kerrigan
      S-kerrigan 5 September 2019 07: 07
      0
      I would venture to suggest that this is a "gradual" shift of "oil" upward.
      A field is, in a commonplace, a kind of space filled with a substance (called oil). And at first, their pressure is enough, then they "pump it" there in order to further pump oil.
      But over time, this becomes more and more difficult. The cavity is not a sphere (but a complex "cave").
      The site is considered "exhausted" and that's it.
      However, some amount of the substance remains. And it gradually moves upward, to the "borehole" - the rocks under their weight and water gradually reduce the cavity.

      A remark is a sofa vision.

      But 2,5k tons is so-so, a drop on a general scale. Which of course can be unpleasant. However, it is still a "drop".
      1. Monar
        Monar 5 September 2019 07: 40
        0
        He closed the outlet pipe with a concrete plug, and let it accumulate. Couch humble opinion.
        But some of the drilling oil was pumped along the pipe to the shore. This is where the "drop" could remain. On the train from each. Not sickly so.
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  11. APASUS
    APASUS 4 September 2019 18: 57
    +1
    The Guardian newspaper recalls that claims to decommissioned oil infrastructure arose in the mid-90s. Then in Britain they suggested simply flooding the infrastructure that had been exhausted for its time, but this caused environmental protests in Europe. But the British government took an even simpler path: a study was commissioned by a group of Scottish ecologists who “found” that the flooded rigs “could benefit the North Sea ecosystem, turning into artificial reefs suitable for marine life”

    Well, just a masterpiece! And the accumulated toxins in the bases of the towers will be a breeding ground for the living world of the North Sea?
    Pants turn, pants turn ........................... in elegant shorts! (with)
  12. Shuttle
    Shuttle 4 September 2019 21: 19
    +1
    Germany seriously wants to steer Europe. Her shaving outlet oh how you like it. Interesting events are wrapping up. Every time the Germans and I were friends, it was good for everyone. I am in this situation for the support of Germany.
  13. SASHA OLD
    SASHA OLD 4 September 2019 21: 51
    0
    it is because of Brexit such graters, there they still have an unresolved question about the customs "Northern Ireland-Ireland" - it turns out that it seems like the "Eurocorridor" remains there (like they left the EU), but many goods can be imported through that customs as if they are still in the EU.
    Plus inside the Great Britain itself, once strong graters about Boris Ivanov’s legitimacy: they didn’t elect him, they just elected him inside the party, not at all, and they said from the party that they didn’t comply with their constitution, in short they had a lot of confusion about them, but that’s not means that they will stop shitting ...
  14. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 5 September 2019 08: 02
    +1
    Given all the garbage-toxic muck that is brought by the Gulf Stream, these old platforms are just an example of cleanliness and sterility. And about what is buried at the bottom and what to touch in general no one dares to somehow somehow all keep quiet. There are German chemical weapons and even worse than that flooded by many tons.
  15. smaug78
    smaug78 5 September 2019 16: 17
    0
    Will there be links?