Consultation outcome

The proposed introduction of the Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018

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Detail of outcome

This document sets out the government’s response to the consultation on proposals to introduce The Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018.

Further consultations will be conducted in relation to draft enforcement guidance prior to the Regulations coming into force on 1 October 2018.

Detail of feedback received

We received 13 responses from a wide range of stakeholders within the oil and gas industry, including the trade organisation, Oil and Gas UK. We also received replies from academics and private individuals.

Original consultation

Summary

A proposal to introduce powers enabling BEIS / OPRED to impose civil sanctions for breaches of offshore oil and gas environmental regulations.

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Consultation description

We’re seeking stakeholders’ views on proposals to introduce powers, via The Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018, to enable the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning (OPRED) to impose civil sanctions in respect of breaches of some existing offshore oil and gas environmental regulations, which presently amount to criminal offences.

The proposed sanctions would apply to offshore oil and gas operators engaged in hydrocarbon-related activities (i.e. oil and gas operations, gas unloading and storage operations and carbon dioxide storage operations) on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf.

Documents

Consultation on the proposed introduction of the Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018

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The Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018 - draft regulations

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Published 18 January 2018
Last updated 16 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Government response published.
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