Regional Arrangements for Contingency Planning and Response: The EU Regime
Günther Handl & Kristoffer Svendsen (eds.), Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents: the International Legal Dimension, Edgar 2019 (Forthcoming)
14 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2018
Date Written: May 5, 2018
The contingency planning arrangements for offshore oil and gas accidents in the European Union constitute probably the archetypal case-book study. In addition to the traditional offshore fields around Norway and the United Kingdom, more and more offshore installations are now to be found in the Mediterranean waters: production numbers are consistently on the increase in Italy, Croatia, Malta, Greece and Cyprus whereas significant numbers of offshore platforms may be encountered in the southern Mediterranean coast off Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Israel. The transboundary impact of an accident in one of the most heavily used coastal areas on the planet, where geographic proximity is further aggravated by a veritable cornucopia of other uses and users of the sea, underlines the severity of such concerns. Directive 2013/30/EU on safety of offshore oil and gas operation is the EU response to such concerns, upon a comprehensive review of the international, European and domestic regulatory framework existing at the time, involving both the competent national authorities and the industry. This paper will present and critically review the international context, the specific content and the expected impact of the resulting legislative exercise – which remains as yet uncontested by the ravages of real life.
Keywords: Energy; Law of the Sea; Environment; Liability
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