Government defeated in Lords on OGA objectives
Opposition Peers have successfully tabled an amendment to the government’s Energy Bill to change the fundamental objectives of the new Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). The amendment, moved by Labour Peer Baroness Worthington at Report Stage on Monday 19 October, sought to ensure that the OGA’s objectives incorporated oversight of the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure and securing its reuse in CCS projects. She said the amendment was necessary to ensure the OGA aimed to “maximise economic return from our resources, not necessarily just the economic recovery of fossil fuels”. DECC junior minister Lord Bourne had argued the amendment was unnecessary.