Offshore Oil and Gas Authorities Group
Technical peer review of the cost-benefit analysis in the Commission's Impact Assessment
Earlier this year a technical peer review programme was carried out to examine the differences in approach between the Commission's cost benefit methodology and two studies of that work undertaken by industry. The review was independently chaired by a Director of the UK Health and Safety Laboratory ( http://www.hsl.gov.uk/ ) who issued a final report on 3 July 2012.
Safety standards for offshore oil and gas operations
On 27 October 2011, the European Commission (EC) proposed a new law which will ensure that European offshore oil and gas production will respect the world's highest safety, health and environmental standards everywhere in the EU. The new draft regulation sets clear rules that cover the whole lifecycle of all exploration and production activities from design to the final removal of an oil or gas installation.
Offshore oil drilling: European Commission envisages EU safety rules
On 13 October 2010, the EC for the very first time envisages comprehensive EU legislation on oil platforms aimed at ensuring the highest safety standards in the world. In the Communication on the safety of oil and gas activities the Commission contemplates new EU standards, including criteria for granting drilling permits, controls of the rigs and safety control mechanisms.