EIA related judicial review forces BEIS to review offshore licensing rules

Secretary of state for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Andrea Leadsom, has agreed to carry out a detailed review of offshore drilling licensing, after a conservationist won a judicial review against a government decision to allow oil drilling in Poole Bay.

Last week, Leadsom agreed to review the regime and to amend the related 1999 regulations. She also committed to holding a public consultation on how the changes will look.

Neil Garrick-Maidment, founder of the Seahorse Trust, argued that a drilling application by Corallian Energy Limited had not been subject to a transparent, environmental impact assessment process.

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The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Environmental Impact Assessment and Other Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/582)

In force/
Current
Legislation
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales
Published
31 Oct 2017

Commentary

26/04/2017 An explanatory memorandum was published alongside these Regulations., 23/10/2017 Correction slip published.

Compliance Dates

16/05/2017 Comes into force

Characteristics

Subject

Land and development

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector Oil Coke Refined Petroleum Products And Nuclear Fuel Machinery And Equipment Not Elsewhere Classified (Engineering) Electricity Gas
ECM

The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Environmental Impact Assessment and Other Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/582)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales

Commentary:

26/04/2017 An explanatory memorandum was published alongside these Regulations., 23/10/2017 Correction slip published.

Compliance:

16/05/2017 Comes into force

He was granted permission to bring judicial proceedings in July, after seeking a declaration from the courts that the current regulations are not fit for purpose.

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