WHEN Greenpeace set up office in Lerwick’s Commercial Street in May 1995, it was the start of an extraordinary campaign that changed the way the oil and gas industry operated. The Brent Spar campaign was THE catalyst for stimulating a legislative process that eventually saw the ban of dumping oil installations into the sea and, as a direct consequence, the growth of a decommissioning industry. And it was the moment when the environmental pressure group of North Sea local authorities, KIMO – which still has its secretariat based in Lerwick – gained international recognition and influence. Now, more than 20 years after the memorable events of summer 1995, one of its most prolific actors, Captain Jon Castle, has died. Jonathan Wills, who reported on the events for Shetland News Agency at the time, has submitted this obituary.
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