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| November 8, 2011

EU Proposes Stricter Offshore Oil and Gas Rules and Extends Liability Zone

In our October 2010 London Environment Group newsletter, we reported on the contents of a controversial policy paper (the “October 2010 paper”) published by the European Commission (the “Commission”) on 13 October 2010 in direct response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The paper, entitled “Facing the challenge of the safety of offshore oil and gas activities”, proposed new EU-wide legislation and other measures to address what it described as a patchy and inadequate EU legal safety and liability regime dealing with offshore oil and gas activities.

Almost exactly one year on, the Commission has now (on 27 October 2011) published a draft Regulation (the “Draft Regulation”) that would, if enacted, implement a number of the measures proposed in the October 2010 paper.

This article summarises the contents of the Draft Regulation and how they will affect operators and licensees of offshore oil and gas installations in EU waters, and compares its contents with the ambitions of the original October 2010 paper.

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