On 10 June 2013 the EU adopted a Directive on safety of offshore oil and gas operations. The new rules (initially proposed to take the form of a regulation) will make sure that the highest safety standards will be followed at every oil and gas platform across Europe. It will also ensure that we react effectively and promptly should an accident nevertheless occur. This would help minimise the possible damage to the environment and the livelihoods of coastal communities. The new directive 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 Safety: Commission publishes study on civil liability for offshore accidents
On the 14th August 2014 the European Commission published a study on civil liability for offshore accidents in Europe. The study looks at how liability and compensation for bodily injury, property damage and economic loss are handled. It also addresses financial security instruments to cover such damage. The study is part of a Commission fact-finding exercise on the subject under the Offshore Safety Directive and not linked to any future legislative process.
Response to the study on civil liability for offshore accidents by the Offshore Pollution liability Association Limited:
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.