Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna (197)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

197. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will address matters (details supplied) relating to the Corrib gas project and related infrastructure. [49471/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The consents granted in respect of the Corrib gas field and the terms and details of these consents are published on my Departments website. The Corrib gas field is also under permit from other bodies, including the Commission for Regulation of Utilities and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Third party access to upstream gas pipelines is covered in the Gas Act 1976, as amended, which transposes the requirements of EU Directive 2009/73/EC relating to common rules for the internal market in natural gas. As part of the Petroleum Lease granted to the Lessees of the Corrib gas field, it is the responsibility of the Lessees to decommission the facilities after cessation of production.

Any application received for working of petroleum must be submitted in accordance with the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960, as amended. The requirement in respect of Environmental Impact Assessment are set out in this Act. Other pertinent legislation includes the Gas Act 1976, as amended and the Continental Shelf Act 1968, as amended. Further legislation may be relevant depending on the characteristics of any particular application.