Health and safety in the oil and gas sector—Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Permits
Produced in partnership with Lynne Gray of Burness Paull

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Lynne Gray of Burness Paull provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Health and safety in the oil and gas sector—Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Permits
  • Brexit impact
  • Background
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)
  • Legislation
  • When is an EIA required?
  • The EIA process—stages
  • Offences
  • Environmental permits

Health and safety in the oil and gas sector—Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Permits

Brexit impact

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. 11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect Great Britain’s oil and gas industry, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit—UK oil and gas, which tracks the key publications and announcements made to date in relation to Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry. It also provides a brief analysis of the consequences of these publications and announcements.

Background

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of an independent project’s likely significant environmental effects. See: Environmental impact assessments—overview.

The environmental regulatory framework that applies offshore includes the requirement for a range of assessments considering the impact to the environment of oil and gas activities

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