Number: 2015/03 - 2016/03 - 2017/02
Period: 2015 – 2016
Terms of Reference
Project description and aims
The intense public debate on the shale gas industry has brought the spotlight on the whole onshore oil and gas industry, how it is regulated and what is considered best practice for the industry.
The EU regulatory framework has recently been assessed by the European Commission (EC), which published a ‘Recommendation’ for minimum principles for the extraction of hydrocarbons (including shale gas) using hydraulic fracturing, with the intension to review its implementation in August 2015. However, this work did not look at the existing practices of the onshore oil and gas industry.
Furthermore, a comprehensive review of the BREF for the Management of Waste from the Extractive Industries Directive has been initiated, and will include, for the first time, recommendations to include waste derived from the onshore oil and gas industry – both conventional and unconventional.
The publication of the EC’s Recommendation (and forthcoming review in 2015), coupled with the on-going review of the BREF, are important milestones in setting the future direction of how the onshore oil and gas industry is regulated in Europe.
This project will aim to look at existing best practice in the broader onshore oil and gas industry across Europe, with a view to learn lessons and identify best practice across Member States.
The project aims to:
- Identify common approaches and legislative interpretations across Member States on the implementation of EU Directives for the onshore oil and gas industry
- Identify good practise (BAT) in the industry, across the different regulatory regimes
- Identify any gaps in the regulatory process
- Share experiences of implementation, compliance, enforcement and monitoring of different aspects of the industry (e.g. waste, flaring, groundwater, water usage).
Lead country and contact
- United Kingdom