Offshore Chemical Regulations and Oil Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations: Proposed Covid-19 related amendments exempting documents to be made publicly available for inspection

Closed 6 Aug 2020

Opened 23 Jul 2020

Feedback Updated 8 Aug 2020

We Asked

We invited views on removing the requirement for offshore oil and gas operators to make relevant documents available for public inspection at a specified address, where the effects of coronavirus related restrictions on movement meant that it is was not reasonably practicable for the public to access documents in this way. We proposed that the offshore oil and gas operators instead made the documents available on a publicly accessible website.

You Said

We received 3 responses from interested parties. You queried that while websites which will host the documents may not be in the purview of the regulations, but will be delivering what amounts to a public service, if these websites would meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

We Did

In addition to the offshore oil and gas operators making the documents available on their websites BEIS would consider making the documents available on our website which does meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

Overview

Proposed changes to the Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002 and the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 to exempt relevant documents from being made publicly available for inspection due to restriction on movement and social distancing put in place to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Audiences

  • Oil and Gas

Interests

  • Oil and Gas