The 1998 Petroleum Act empowers the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to grant licenses for the exploration and development of England’s oil and gas resources. In the case of coalmining, a Methane Drainage License from the OGA is required if the operator or owner of a coalmine must capture natural gas to make the mine safe.
This regulation outlines procedures for the application for:
(a) landward petroleum exploration licences;
(b) seaward petroleum exploration licences;
(c) methane drainage licences;
(d) petroleum exploration and development licences;
(e) and seaward area production licences.
Thus, it states the information required, applicable timelines and fees, as well as supporting documentation needed in each case.