ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND STATE CONTROL OF OIL AND GAS

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH224018
Module Leader Titus Olaniyi
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will provide the student with an understanding of how the State regulates the Oil and Gas Industry. A particular focus is placed upon Environmental Regulation, the regulation of Exploration and Production and, more generally, the means by which the State controls the exploitation of Oil and Gas reserves. The module will a nalyse and critically evaluate the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate governance, and contextualise these for O and G companies. The module will also provide an overview of acquisitions and disposals of upstream oil and gas interests, aspects of land law relative to the transportation of oil and gas in Scotland and the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations.

Syllabus

-720b7 Non-contractual Oil & Gas law issues. b7 Means by which the state controls the exploitation of oil and gas reserves. b7 Balancing of the commercial interests of governments, national oil companies and international oil companies. b7 Exploration and Production Licences. b7 Sharing agreements. b7 Taxation of Oil & Gas Reserves. b7 The different approaches to environmental regulation. b7 The 'precautionary principle', the 'polluter-pays principle' and the 'preventative principle'. b7 The regulatory techniques used to secure compliance. b7 International, European and UK marine and coastal law. b7 The control and facilitation of development in coastal and marine waters. b7 Preservation of marine species and habitats.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should have:An enhanced understanding of the legal relationship between the State and the Oil & Gas Industry.A comprehensive understanding of the statutory background to the environmental regulation of the Industry.The ability to critically analyse the conflicting interests of various parties on hydrocarbon reserves.The ability to critically appreciate the non-contractual legal issues that regulate the Oil & Gas Industry.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using a programme of teaching designed to provide a comprehensive and holistic view of the subject area. There will be a three week block for module delivery where learning content will be delivered through lectures in the first week. Seminars will then be used in the remaining two weeks to present case studies that will encourage the consolidation of knowledge and understanding of key module topics. Guest speakers from the Oil and Gas industry will be invited to deliver specialist topics. Students will be directed to high quality online learning resources and links to these will be embedded within module materials in the Virtual Learning Environment.

Indicative Reading

Gordon, Paterson & Usenmez: Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. 2 nd Edition, Dundee University Press 2011 Lowe: Oil and Gas Law in a Nutshell. 5 th Edition, West Publishing 2009 International Law & the Environment (3rd ed). Birnie, Boyle & Redgwell (2009), Oxford University Press. Principles of International Environmental Law: Frameworks, standards and implementation (3rd ed.). Sands, P. (2012). Additional Reading Taverne B, Petroleum, industry and governments, International energy and resources law and policy series, 15, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2008 Energy Law in Europe: National, EU and International Regulation (Oxford University Press, 2nd edn, 2007)

Transferrable Skills

There will be a range of transferrable skills developed in this module including graduate attributes to help students become 21st century global citizen equipped with the necessary skills, confidence and experience to achieve their life ambitions. As part of the assessment process, students will be given the opportunity to improve their communication skills through technical report writing and presentations. An ability to listen and present ideas confidently and appropriately will be developed. Students will be required to retrieve information and critically evaluate data showing an ability to work both independently and in teams where appropriate. Throughout the module they will be encouraged to take charge of their learning and career development.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 92.00
Independent Learning (FT) 76.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Assessment (PT) 24.00
Seminars (PT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 45% Coursework 1 30.00% Written report (Env Law)
Coursework 3 n/a 40.00 45% Coursework 3 40.00% In-class assessments
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 45% Coursework 2 30.00% Written report (Oil & Gas Interests)