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Public invited to meet the regulators of oil and gas industry

Joint press release with the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Public Health England and the Oil and Gas Authority

The regulators attending the event

The Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority and Public Health England staff are hosting an informal information session on 5 October to explain how they regulate the oil and gas industry to protect people and the environment.

Everyone is welcome to come along and meet the regulators and agencies between 2.00pm – 7.00pm on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at the Crossing Church & Centre, Newcastle Street, Worksop, S80 2AT.

As regulators and agencies involved in assessing the impacts of the oil and gas industry our role is to ensure that any exploration and development, including fracking operations, is done in a way that protects people and the environment.

Local communities rightly look to us all to provide reassurance that health and environmental risks are being controlled and managed properly, and to hold oil and gas operators to account.

This session will be a great opportunity for us to meet with local people, explain our respective roles and discuss some of the key issues before sites are identified for development.

Regulating shale gas The Environment Agency is the principal environmental regulator in England. The Environment Agency issues environmental permits for onshore oil and gas exploration.

Licences for onshore gas exploration are granted by the Oil & Gas Authority.

Safety on the drilling site, including well integrity, is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive.

Public Health England is responsible for reviewing the possible effects of site activities on public health.

ENDS

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Published 28 September 2016