Title: New approaches to safety regulation for offshore oil and gas exploration and production in the UK and Norway

Authors: Margarita Nieves-Zárate

Addresses: Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, 9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands

Abstract: This paper analyses how safety regulation evolved in the UK and Norway from prescriptive regulations to goal-setting regulations in order to manage the risks associated with offshore oil and gas operations. Major accidents in the industry led to reshaping regulatory approaches to rule making, supervising and enforcing safety regulations providing interesting case studies of how law adapts to technological challenges. The allocation of responsibilities between different roles of the regulatory authority, the oil and gas companies and the workforce are important aspects of these new approaches.

Keywords: safety; offshore; oil and gas; exploration and production; prescriptive regulation; goal-setting regulation; supervision.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGE.2018.097498

International Journal of Green Economics, 2018 Vol.12 No.2, pp.155 - 170

Received: 01 Aug 2018
Accepted: 11 Nov 2018

Published online: 24 Jan 2019 *

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