Written Answers. - Offshore Exploration.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

177 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if he has commissioned an independent expert assessment of the problems associated with the Corrib Gas project; and if he accepted the expert or otherwise opinions of the EEI. [26993/01]

Michael Ring

Ceist:

178 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if the marine licensing and vetting committee has made recommendations to him on the possible impact on marine life and habitats within the special area of conservation, Broadhaven Bay and its environs by the proposed discharge of pollutants from the proposed Ballinaboy Terminal into the bay; if he has made a decision based on such recommendations or on any other data at the location of the discharge pipe; if he has consulted the Erris Inshore Fishermen's Association as he promised he would at his meeting with them in Geesala, County Mayo in August 2001; and if he has not made a decision, if he will indicate the way in which EEI at a meeting with representatives of the Erris Inshore Fishermen's Association on 11 October 2001 could inform them that the location of the discharge pip has been addressed and would be located at the six kilometre point within Broadhaven Bay. [26994/01]

Michael Ring

Ceist:

179 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if there is a credible modelling of Broadhaven Bay's tide and current movement contained in the offshore environmental impact study submitted to him by EEI; if not, if he will reject that environmental impact study as he promised he would at a meeting with the Erris Inshore Fishermen's Association in Geesala, County Mayo in August 2001. [26995/01]

Michael Ring

Ceist:

184 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if he has been given the results of tidal amp current tests carried out by EEI in August 2001 to decide the dispersal qualities of the waters of Broadhaven Bay; if he has satisfied himself that pollutants discharged in the bay will be dispersed to open sea; if he will insist that the discharge pipeline will be relocated to discharge at gas source as recommended by Dúchas and the Erris Inshore Fishermen's Association; and if he will publish the results and the date collected. [27000/01]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 to 179 inclusive, and 184 together.

Environmental Resources Management was engaged by my Department to provide advice on the whole environmental impact statement from the field to the terminal, including report on the EIS accompanying an application by Enterprise Energy Ireland for a foreshore licence in connection with the proposed Corrib development. This EIS has since been withdrawn by EEI which is preparing a new one that has not yet been submitted to my Department.

Questions Nos. 180 to 182, inclusive, answered with Question No. 165.