Carbon Sequestration: Yorkshire and Humber

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to take any additional steps to ensure the prevention of carbon dioxide leaks from the proposed Yorkshire and Humber Carbon Capture, Transportation and Storage Project following the leaks in the Netherlands at Berkel en Rodenrijs in 2008.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The pipeline operator has a legal responsibility to take all reasonable steps, and introduce appropriate measures, to ensure that the pipeline is designed, constructed and operated safely. The Environment Agency are responsible for monitoring that the risks to the environment from the pipeline are assessed by the pipeline operator and that suitable controls are put in place. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will oversee that the health and safety risks to people from these work activities are addressed by enforcing the general duties of the Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996.

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