Environmental assessment guide for pipelines

Guidelines on the environmental assessment of cross-country pipelines have been issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).1 They amount to an unusually strong official endorsement of the value of environmental assessment, and emphasise the need for operators to consult widely in identifying a pipeline route and to develop environmental management plans covering the lifetime of proposed pipelines.

The guidelines originate from the DTI because it is the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who, with the abolition of the Department of Energy, is now responsible for administering the two main instruments for authorising cross-country pipelines.

The first is the Pipelines Act 1962, which established a formal authorisation procedure for pipeline construction and obliges the Secretary of State to have regard to nature conservation,

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