Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2209)

Bríd Smith

Question:

2209. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the meetings or discussions he or his officials have had with groups (details supplied) and other groups or bodies in relation to the Petroleum and Other Minerals Developments (Amendment) (Climate Emergency Measures) Bill 2018 since January 2018. [32221/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Petroleum and other Minerals Development (Amendment)(Climate Emergency Measures) Bill 2018 has been the substantive topic of two meetings held since January 2018. On 12 February 2018 my officials met with representatives of IOOA, and on 26 June 2018 Minister of State Kyne and officials met with representatives of IBEC. Effective regulation of petroleum activities requires oversight of work programmes proposed by applicants for, and holders of, petroleum authorisations. In that context my officials regularly meet with applicants and authorisation holders to invigilate proposed and existing work programmes, particularly from a technical and financial perspective, thus facilitating informed decision making. At a number of these meetings the current status of the Petroleum and other Minerals Development (Amendment)(Climate Emergency Measures) Bill has been raised. Within that context officials from my Department have met with CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Ireland (Offshore South) Ltd, Petrel Resources Plc and Providence Resources Plc on the dates set out in the following table.

Date of Meeting

Company

23 January 2018

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd

25 January 2018

Providence Resources Plc

30 January 2018

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Ireland (Offshore South) Ltd

1 February 2018

Providence Resources Plc

8 February 2018

Petrel Resources Plc

7 June 2018

Petrel Resources Plc

14 June 2018

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd and ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Ireland (Offshore South) Ltd

21 June 2018

Providence Resources

12 July 2018

Petrel Resources Plc

19 July 2018

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd

20 September 2018

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd

2 October 2018

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd

20 March 2019

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd

Question No. 2210 answered with Question No. 2206.