Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (181)

Bríd Smith

Question:

181. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is considering an application for a lease undertaking at Hook Head under a site (details supplied); when the application was first made; and when a decision will be made. [25982/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Section 57 of the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960 requires the Minister to lay before the Houses of the Oireachtas every six months a report detailing all exploration activities including petroleum exploration authorisations granted during the period of the report. The last such report laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas was in respect of the six-month period ending 31 December 2018. In addition, a report on the status of all petroleum authorisations is published on a quarterly basis on my Department's website. The most recent such report was published on 31 March 2019. This report referenced that my Department is in receipt of an application for a Lease Undertaking in respect of the remaining aspect (Hook Head) of Standard Exploration Licence 2/07 Operated by Providence Resources Plc. This application was first received in October 2012 and remains under consideration by my Department.