This regulation establishes the environmental protection regime pertaining to oil and gas developments. It requires new projects or those subject to substantial modification to undergo an environmental impact assessment process linked to environmental permitting.
Environmental impact studies shall be submitted to the Petroleum Ministry, which shall request a report from the Ministry of Environment and Fisheries before deciding on the outcome of the evaluation. If the report is favourable, the Ministry of Environment and Fisheries shall issue an environmental license.
This decree also outlines requirements related to waste management, decommissioning procedures, oil spill response, powers of inspection and enforcement, penalties and other forms of applicable sanctions.