New sanctions proposed in revised offshore EA rules

Revised draft regulations to apply the 1985 EC Directive on environmental assessment to offshore oil and gas projects were issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in February.1 The proposals contain new sanctions for breaches of the regulations or project consents and for submission of false information.

The regulations will end several years' procrastination by the DTI in applying the EC Directive to offshore oil and gas schemes, which should have been done by 1988. Initial draft rules were issued last July (ENDS Report 270, pp 35-36 ).

The revised draft regulations will require environmental assessment of w

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