Petroleum Act 1998

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Petroleum Act 1998
Long title An Act to consolidate certain enactments about petroleum, offshore installations and submarine pipelines.
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Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Petroleum Act 1998 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from
Revised text of statute as amended

The Petroleum Act 1998 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


Part I Petroleum (sections 1 to 9)[edit]

Section 4 has further clauses on licence provisions.[1] Section 50 of the Infrastructure Act 2015 appended this section. It defines 'associated hydraulic fracturing' as more than 1,000 cubic metres of fluid per stage, or more than 10,000 cubic metres of fluid in total. In addition, conditions were attached that mean no fracking can take place at a depth shallower than 1,000 meters, and that soil and air monitoring must be put in place. The regulations state that "The associated hydraulic fracturing will not take place within protected groundwater source areas".[2] 'Protected groundwater source area' does not appear to be defined.[3]

Part II Offshore activities[edit]

Part III Submarine pipelines[edit]

Part IV Abandonment of offshore installations[edit]

Part V Miscellaneous and General[edit]


  1. ^ "Licences: further provisions". UK Govt. Retrieved May 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Onshore hydraulic fracturing: safeguards". UK Govt. Retrieved May 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Brown, Adam. "UK fracking: the pursuit of safety". Dentons. Retrieved 2 May 2015.