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Closed – Consultation: Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing – 30th Seaward Licensing Round Draft Appropriate Assessments

Closes 5 p.m. 29th March 2018 The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has opened a 6 week consultation on draft Appropriate Assessments for oil and gas licensing Blocks applied for in the 30th Seaward Licensing Round. In July 2017 the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) announced the 30th Seaward Licensing Round. As a

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Closed – consultation: UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers

Closed 11:45 p.m. 4th March 2018 Under current legislation UK ports, harbours and oil-handling facilities must submit oil spill contingency plans (OSCP) to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and for offshore installations, Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEPs) must be submitted to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), for approval. As part

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Closed – consultation: Updates to Guidance for Industry on Offshore Renewables Decommissioning

Closed 11:45 p.m. 2nd March 2018 The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is consulting on a series of proposed updates to their 2011 guidance for industry on decommissioning of offshore renewable energy installations under the Energy Act 2004. The update aims to assist and inform developers on issues relating to the provision of

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Closed – North West Marine Plan – Iteration 2 Online Engagement and Workshops

Online Engagement opens on 29th January and closes 29th March 2018 This Spring 2018 the MMO is engaging on iteration 2 of marine planning for the four remaining marine plan regions Рthe north west, north east, south west and south east. The engagement will focus on: draft marine plan area visions draft options to address

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Coastal Access Updates

Natural England has published a December 2017 update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. The coast from Silecroft to the Welsh border on the Dee Estuary is described as ‘proposals in development’ but only one stretch of the coast – a 36km stretch from Allonby to Whitehaven is fully open,

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Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan Published

‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ sets out the UK Government’s commitments to improve the environment within a generation. It sets goals environmental improvements and details how Government will work with businesses and communities to achieve the goals over the next 25 years.¬† The plan sits alongside two other government

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Marine Planning Events coming to a venue near you!

The Marine Management Organisation is launching a new round of engagement (iteration 2) on the draft visions and options for marine planning in each of the new Marine Plan areas – north west, north east, south west and south east. There will be full day workshops in each marine plan area supported by online engagement,

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Closed – Consultation – Welsh National Marine Plan

Closes 29th March 2018 The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft marine plan for Wales. As part of the consultation a series of public events are being held across Wales in January . These events are designed so that stakeholders can meet members of the marine planning team and discuss how marine planning may

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Closed – consultation: Proposed MGN 581 (F) Registration surveys for fishing vessels under 15m

Closes 11:45 p.m. 29th January 2018 The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is consulting on a new system for Registration Surveys for vessels under 15m built before 16th July 2007 which wish to become fishing vessels. Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1871 allows vessels of less than 15m built before 16 July 2007 to be considered by

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Closed – consultation – Environment Agency enforcement and sanctions policy

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 29th January 2018. The Environment Agency is consulting on proposals to update its approach to enforcement and sanctions. The Enforcement and Sanctions Statement (ESS) and Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance (ESG) documents were first published in 2011, with a revised ESG being issued in March 2015. However new government policies need

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