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Decommissioning North Sea platforms: should we let sleeping giants lie?

With massive decommissioning costs on the horizon in the UK North Sea, University of Aberdeen academic Tom Baxter has argued that there is no reason to actually remove offshore oil platforms. Instead, they should be made ‘clean’ and able to support marine life. Many environmental groups disagree. Given the costs involved in removing offshore infrastructure, would it make sense to avoid outright removal?


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