‘Gold standard’ regulation of UK onshore oil and gas is a joke, says MEP

UK oil and gas companies are regularly breaching regulation of their operations with little consequence, new research published today concludes. 

“This report reveals what campaigners have been saying for a long time; that the claims about ‘gold standard regulations’ are a joke.

The report said the drilling of a sidetrack without planning permission at Brockham highlighted a lack of joined-up working between the regulators and the need for vigilance.

“Had it not been for a group of residents and a protection camp monitoring and reporting about activities on site, this serious breach might never have come to light.”