European Parliament approves offshore oil, gas safety directive

05/27/2013
The European Parliament authorized a new offshore oil and gas operations directive that requires operators to prove their ability to cover potential liabilities and to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before operations start. Lawmakers adopted the directive by a vote of 572 to 103, with 13 abstentions. In February the EU reached preliminary agreement on tougher offshore rules (OGJ Online, Feb. 21, 2013). Industry quickly reacted positively. Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK's health, safety, and employment director, said, "Oil & Gas UK has worked hard to campaign for this directive in place of the European Commission's original proposition of a regulation ...
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