Environment Agency

Environmental permitting of pre-existing onshore oil and/or gas facilities


The Environment Agency has previously granted installation permits to operators of onshore oil and gas production facilities for crude oil unloading, handling or storage, or treatment under the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000. During 2008, these permits automatically became environmental permits under the environmental permitting regime. This regime was expanded in 2010 and is now covered by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (the 2016 Regulations).

Environment Agency’s Approach

The Environment Agency commenced a project to update the permits granted before 1 October 2013 to operators of existing onshore oil and gas facilities, in a manner consistent with the Environment Agency’s regulatory approach for new onshore oil and/or gas exploration or appraisal facilities

Existing Permitting Activities

The Environment Agency will not take enforcement action against operators of pre-existing facilities, for the period prior to the determination of their application(s), for not having the necessary environmental permit(s).

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