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Sefton Coast: Oil and Gas Rigs

Volume 711: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans for more oil rigs or gas rigs or both to be erected off the Sefton coast in the Irish Sea. [HL3833]

Government do not themselves conduct exploration or development activities for oil or gas in any part of the United Kingdom. The Irish Sea area is geologically prospective and a range of companies are involved in such activities in the region. DECC's most recent strategic environmental assessment, published in January of this year, indicated that DECC would expect to offer more licences for areas in UK waters including the Irish Sea.