Statutory guidance

Onshore oil and gas well decommissioning and abandonment

Regulatory position statement for the decommissioning and abandonment for onshore oil and gas wells drilled prior to October 2013.

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Onshore oil and gas well decommissioning and abandonment for wells drilled prior to1 October 2013

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This document sets out our position where oil or gas wells were drilled before October 2013.

The only new activity which would require a permit for a mining waste operation is the management of extractive waste, not involving a waste facility, generated by well abandonment.

Published 2 January 2014