An environmental assessment of the potential impact of oil and gas licensing in Cardigan Bay was carried out in 2007. The assessment concluded that oil and gas licensing should not proceed at that time. The applications for a petroleum licence received during the 24(th) licensing round for three blocks in Cardigan Bay have been withdrawn. No applications were received during the 25(th) and 26(th) licensing rounds for blocks in Cardigan Bay. There are no further assessments planned at this time.
With regard to the inner Moray Firth, a revised environmental assessment in relation to an application for a petroleum licence for block 17/3 was issued for public consultation from