U.K. tightens offshore spill regulations

The U.K. government passed new environmental controls for the offshore oil and gas industry that will bring the U.K. in line with European Commission law.The Pollution Prevention & Control Act 1999 sets out a framework for new U.K. legislation that will implement the EC's Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control Directive. New offshore installations are required to meet the directive's requirements as of Oct. 30, 1999, while existing installations are required to be compliant by 2007.Energy Minister John Battle said,"We aim to integrate and improve environmental controls on companies exploring for and producing oil and gas in U.K. waters. The act provide the necessary pow...

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