Consultation outcome

Offshore Chemical Regulations and Oil Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations: COVID-19 related amendments exempting documents from being made publicly available for inspection

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) very carefully considered the comments and concluded that none of the comments required any changes to the draft regulations.

However with regards to accessibility of documents, in addition to document being made publicly available on the websites of the oil and gas operators, BEIS committed to consider making the documents available on our website which does meet web accessibility standards.

Detail of feedback received

Three responses were received:

  • one respondent confirmed they had no comments
  • one respondent stated they had lots of comments but listed only one which was ‘stop’. There was no justification provided to support this comment
  • one respondent queried whether the websites hosting the documents would meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites (even though they may not be in the purview of the regulations)

Original consultation


We're seeking views on proposed changes to regulations to exempt offshore oil and gas operators from having to make documents publicly available for inspection at a UK address, while coronavirus restrictions are in place.

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Consultation description

This consultation invites comments on the proposed amendments to the Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002 and the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 which address the issue of offshore oil and gas operators being unable to have relevant documents available for inspection at a UK address as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

The consultation will be of interest to:

  • the general public
  • representative bodies for the UK offshore oil and gas industry such as Oil and Gas UK
  • parties who are consulted on permit applications, such as the Environment Agency, the Natural Resources Body for Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Marine Scotland and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Science

See the BEIS consultation privacy notice.

Please do not send responses by post to the department at the moment as we may not be able to access them.


Published 23 July 2020
Last updated 14 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Consultation response published.

  2. First published.