Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2212)

Bríd Smith


2212. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the petroleum licence applications currently under consideration by his Department. [32235/19]

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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 30 June 2019. 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 in respect of the three month period ending 30 June 2019. Applications for 10 petroleum authorisations are currently under consideration by my Department. The form of authorisation sought is as follows:



Licensing Option


Frontier Exploration Licence


Lease Undertaking