Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
3rd June 2011
Coming into operation
25th June 2011
1.-(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Groundwater (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 and shall come into operation on 25th June 2011.
(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(3) applies to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.
2.-(1) The Groundwater Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(4) are amended in accordance with paragraph (2).
(2) In regulation 16 (discharges that may be authorised) after sub-paragraph (h) insert-
"(i)the injection of carbon dioxide streams for storage purposes into geological formations which for natural reasons are permanently unsuitable for other purposes, provided that such injection is made in accordance with Directive 2009/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the geological storage of carbon dioxide(5) or excluded from the scope of that Directive pursuant to its Article 2(2).".
Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment on 3rd June 2011
A senior officer of the Department of the Environment
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations amend regulation 16 of the Groundwater Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 to allow the storage of carbon dioxide in geological formations which for natural reasons are permanently unsuitable for other purposes.