Date lodged: 30 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take in relation to reviewing and renewing PEDL 162 licences that are due to expire on 30 June 2018.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 12 June 2018
The Scottish Government welcomes the devolution of the powers to issue and manage onshore oil and gas licences to Scotland in February 2018.
The powers transferred to Scotland through sections 47 to 49 of the Scotland Act 2016, and related subordinate legislation, provide Scottish Ministers with a wide range of powers over the administration of onshore oil and gas licences.
The Scottish Government is aware of the pending expiry of PEDL 162. It would be inappropriate to comment in respect of the future of the licence at this stage.