Oil and gas industry welcomes proposed Onshore Oil and Gas Transparency Programme
3 December 2014
UKOOG, the representative body for the UK onshore oil and Gas industry welcomes the announcement today by Chancellor George Osborne of funding to develop an onshore oil and gas transparency programme, providing independent expert environmental review for shale gas exploration sites.
Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG, said:
“We have some of the best regulations and regulators in the world and an excellent track record of onshore oil and gas extraction in the UK. We are pleased that this initiative will complement existing regulation. The UK public is exposed to many claims about the potential environmental impact of exploring for and developing the UK’s shale resource. This programme offers the opportunity to provide independently verified evidence on the issues that matter most to local communities.”
The detailed scope of the review will need to be agreed. Once agreement is reached onshore oil and gas operators will provide full access to sites participating in this programme and facilitate the installation and, as needed, maintenance of specialist monitoring equipment required by the independent teams.
Notes to editors:
UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry, including exploration, production and storage. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level. Membership is open to all companies active in the onshore industry including those involved in the supply chain.