Mediterranean Oil & Gas (MOG) said Friday that it was "reviewing its options" after the Italian Ministry of Environment sent a letter to the company requesting that it completed an Integrated Environmental Authorization for its Ombrina Mare project, offshore Italy. The ministry wants the authorization completed as a precursor to it considering the approval of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
MOG said that the ministry’s request followed a demand sent by the company on July 1 that the ministry complete the issuance of the EIA decree within 10 days, following what the company sees as "lengthy and continuing delays" to the EIA approval process.
The latest request, said MOG, is contrary to the ministry previously notifying the company in October 2012 that the EIA procedure could be completed without performing the Integrated Environmental Authorization at this time. It also follows a ruling in favour of MOG's EIA Submission from the EIA Technical Committee on Jan. 25 2013 and the ministry's own EIA Director General sending the draft EIA decree with a positive recommendation to the of the minister on Apr. 17 2013.
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