Happy New Year!
After the Gulf of Mexico Macondo incident, the European Commission set out plans to get involved in regulating Health & Safety and Environmental aspects of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. After a fair bit of debate this resulted in the publication of a Directive last year.
The deadline for transposition (the member state ensuring local legislation is line with the Directive) is 19 July 2015. Today the HSE have issued details of their planned timescale for doing this.
Of course, we’re keeping a close eye on this and have been advising upon the likely changes ahead. If you have any concerns or want to discuss how the changes may affect your business please contact me or someone from our oil and gas team.
On January 8, 2014