EDITORIAL Greenpeace and spar oil

It is now accepted fact: The obsolete Brent loading spar, which Shell U.K. Exploration & Production wanted to sink in the deep Atlantic off Scotland, does not contain 5,500 metric tons of oil. For more than 3 months it has been merely a factnot an accepted onethat there is nowhere near that much oil inside the vessel. Shell has insisted that the spar contains as little as 50 tons of sludge, most of it sand. Although the company occupies the world's best position from which to render such an estimation, its pronouncements could not be popularly accepted as fact as long as an entity speaking with higher moral authority made contrary claims. How much oil? That entity, of course, ...

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