Environmental assessment rules for offshore oil and gas projects

Regulations applying EC rules on environmental assessment to offshore oil and gas projects finally came into force on 30 April, almost ten years behind schedule.1 Criteria spelling out when assessments are likely to be required have been set out in guidance, which also makes it clear that consent for offshore schemes may be refused for firms without environmental management systems. The regulations contain enforcement and offence provisions which may have implications for other sectors.

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