Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (226)

Brian Stanley

Question:

229 Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on whether there is a link between construction on the Corrib gas line and algal bloom found in the sea water in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35634/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

According to the Marine Institute the accumulation of an algal bloom is a naturally occurring phenomenon and is not associated with pollution or any human induced activity. My Department understands that the Marine Institute's monitoring programme will continue to sample and monitor the algal bloom which has been occurring along the north west coast during the past two weeks and that updates will be provided on the Institute's website at www.marine.ie and on local radio.