Dear Health and Safety Executive,

Please can you supply guidance on and reasoning for clause d) of paragraph 20, Part 1, Schedule 2 of the RIDDOR regulations, whereby 'the taking of precautionary measures additional to any contained in the original drilling programme where a planned minimum separation distance between adjacent wells was not maintained,' constitutes a dangerous occurrence.

Yours faithfully,

Dennis May

Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Mr May

 

Environmental Information Request Reference No: 201904178

 

Thank you for your request for information about:

 

RIDDOR Well separation

 

Your request was received on 5 April 2019] and I am dealing with it in
accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Under the
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days of receipt.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Dave

 

Dave Salmon / OSDR Competent Authority Office / 

Energy Division ED7.1

Health & Safety Executive, Lord Cullen House, Fraser Place, Aberdeen, AB25
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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

FAO Dave Salmon / OSDR Competent Authority Office /
Energy Division ED7.1
Health & Safety Executive, Lord Cullen House, Fraser Place, Aberdeen, AB25
3UB

Re: Environmental Information Request Reference No: 201904178 'RIDDOR Well separation.'

Please can you advise on the progress of this request which is now overdue.

Yours faithfully,

Dennis May

Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Mr May

 

Environmental Information Request Reference No: 201904178

 

Thank you for your request for information about:

 

Guidance on and reasoning for clause d) of paragraph 20, Part 1, Schedule
2 of the RIDDOR regulations, whereby ‘the taking of precautionary measures
additional to any contained in the original drilling programme where a
planned minimum separation distance between adjacent wells was not
maintained’ constitutes a dangerous occurrence

 

Which was received on 8 April 2019 and I am writing to acknowledge receipt
of this request. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to
you.

 

I can confirm that your request is being dealt with under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).  However, I must advise
you that following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have
established that the information you requested is not held by the Health
and Safety Executive.

 

Although there are no records recording the original reason for defining
incidents of this nature as a dangerous occurrence, the Offshore
Installations and Wells (Design and Construction, etc) Regulations 1996
(DCR) apply a general duty of care on well operators to ensure that a well
is so designed, modified, commissioned, constructed, equipped, operated,
maintained, suspended and abandoned that, so far as is reasonably
practicable, there can be no unplanned escape of fluids; and risks to the
health and safety of persons from it or anything in it, or in strata to
which it is connected, are as low as reasonably practicable (regulation
13). Failure to maintain planned minimum separation distance between
adjacent wells may lead to a loss of integrity in one or both wells and
may indicate a breach of regulatory requirements, hence the mandatory
reporting requirement within RIDDOR.

 

General guidance on how the Health and Safety Executive deals with
requests under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental
Information Regulations can be found on the HSE website at
[1]http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/index.htm

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are unhappy with the decisions made by HSE you may ask for an
internal review within two calendar months of the date of this letter by
writing to me.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545700

Fax: 01625 524510

Email: [2][email address]

Website: [3]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave

 

Dave Salmon / OSDR Competent Authority Office / 

Energy Division ED7.1

Health & Safety Executive, Lord Cullen House, Fraser Place, Aberdeen, AB25
3UB 

 

 

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