I propose taking Questions Nos. 146 and 147 together.
Enterprise Energy Ireland which proposes to develop the Corrib gas field sought from me some time ago in accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960, a written opinion on the information to be contained in an environmental impact statement which must accompany its plan of development for the field. To assist me in preparing this opinion, I consulted with An Taisce which is a prescribed body under the 1960 Act to which the environmental impact statement must be furnished for comment. The information received from An Taisce was incorporated in my written opinion which I furnished to Enterprise Energy Ireland. It is expected that this opinion will be considered by Enterprise Energy Ireland in the context of preparing its EIS to accompany its plan of development. On receipt of this EIS I will then refer it to An Taisce for comment. There is nothing to prevent An Taisce making public the advice it gave me in relation to the carrying out of an EIS by Enterprise Energy Ireland.