Scottish Ministers were seeking comments on proposals to transpose Article 38 of Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations (OSD). Article 38 has extended the scope of the Environmental Liability Directive (2004/35/EC) into the marine environment in relation to marine waters. The Scottish Government has produced draft Environmental Liability (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 will transpose Article 38 in Scottish territorial waters.
Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government undertook separate consultation exercises in July 2014 on corresponding legislation in relation to marine waters off England and Wales.
This consultation formed part of the wider transposition of the OSD, the principal responsibility for which rests with UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A related consultation exercise has been run by them to transpose the other parts of the OSD by the deadline of 19 July 2015.
The OSD aims to reduce the potential for major accidents relating to offshore oil and gas activities and limit their impacts on the environment and coastal economies and further improve safety standards for offshore workers. It will apply to existing and future offshore installations/operations in waters under Member States’ jurisdiction