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Oil leaks at sea

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm Written by:

I’ve got an FOI answered about Permitted Discharge Reports. Here’s what one of the pages looks like:

I wonder if they key these things into a database. Perhaps someone else can sort this out. I am at the moment bothering them about their qualifying oil fields datasets:

Dear Department of Energy and Climate Change,

Sections 352 to 355 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010 provides the definitions of “Small oil field”, “Ultra heavy oil field”, and “Ultra high pressure/high temperature oil field” in terms of:

353(1) oil reserves in tonnes,
353(2)(b) gas reserves in cubic metres,
354(1)(a) API gravity in degrees
354(1)(b) oil viscosity in centipoise
355(a) pressure of reservoir in bar
355(b) pressure of reservoir in degrees celsius

The threshold values of 355(a) and 355(b) were recently altered by the Qualifying Fields Order 2010.

Obviously these thresholds must have been set on the basis of information about what is available in UK territorial waters.

Unfortunately I have not been able to identify these information assets from the Information Asset register

Under the Freedom of Information Act, can you please send me:

(1) a list of all datasets which contain the above classes information for oil fields both authorised for development and unauthorised but likely to be proposed.

(2) the database field names and types for each record in each of these datasets

(3) the number of records in each of these datasets

(4) the full contents of the datasets, minus any information that is commercially confidential under Section 43 of the Act.

The purpose of this information is to make determinations as to implications of further Qualifying Field Orders, without which it would be impossible for any person to hold an informed opinion.

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