§ 55 Requirement for impact assessments, etc.
Prior to making a decision in accordance with Sections 53 or 54, an evaluation of the various interests affected shall take place. In this evaluation, the emphasis shall include which consequences the establishment of, alterations to or cancellation of such zones can represent to the conduct of the petroleum activities and other activities. Furthermore, which restrictions will apply in the safety zone shall be assessed and clarified.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011
As a rule, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is given authority to draw up the regulations and make the administrative decisions necessary to carry out these regulations' provisions regarding safety zones.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will not itself make all decisions where it has authority, but will use the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway as the executing agency when appropriate. However, the Ministry wants to be the responsible authority for the decisions made, regardless of whether parts of the authority to issue an order are delegated to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.
Regardless of whether the authority according to this chapter regarding safety zones, as a rule, is given to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, it is a precondition that other ministries, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Climate and Environment are consulted as necessary before decisions are made.
Decisions according to this chapter regarding safety zones include e.g. establishment, change and cancellation of zones. In cases where the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs makes decisions itself, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway will presumably handle the preparatory case processing. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway will, during the case processing, contact e.g. fishery interests and affected licensees as necessary.