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Greg Gordon, John Paterson, and Emre Usenmez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861018

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861018.001.0001

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Environmental Law and Regulation on the Ukcs

Environmental Law and Regulation on the Ukcs

(p.231) Chapter 9 Environmental Law and Regulation on the Ukcs
Oil and Gas Law

Luke Havemann

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers an overview of the key legislative and regulatory instruments concerned with the environmental impact of the industry’s offshore exploration, development and production activities. Having considered first of all the environmental aspects of petroleum licences generally and the regulations affecting licensing, the chapter is then divided into two broad sections. The first, and much shorter section, examines the environmental regulations that impact upon activities carried out under an exploration licence, while the second, much lengthier, section considers those that relate to activities carried out under a production licence. Noting the recurring theme of maturity that runs through the book, the chapter concludes that in such circumstances there is the potential for tension between environmental protection and, on one hand, the looming decommissioning point (which may encourage a reduction in expenditure and thus an increased risk of environmental damage) and, on the other, the desire to extend the life of infrastructure as far as possible to maximise economic recovery.

Keywords:   Habitats Directive, Birds Directive, Oil Pollution Prevention and Control, Drill cuttings, Produced Water, Pipeline and Production Chemicals, Atmospheric Emissions (Flaring)

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