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Shell under fire over ‘toxic waste risk’

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Published at 12:01AM, December 10 2013

Dozens of huge concrete tanks containing unknown amounts of toxic petrochemical waste will be left on the seabed under the latest proposals for decommissioning some of the oldest and largest oil rigs around Scotland’s coast.

The energy giant Shell plans to apply early next year for permission to leave 64 underwater storage tanks in the Brent oilfield, 116 miles off Shetland. Each is about 60 metres in height, roughly the same as Edinburgh’s Scott Monument and taller than Nelson’s column in London.

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