Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016: Second Stage
Question proposed: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.”
Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): I am very pleased to have this opportunity today to speak on Deputy McLoughlin’s Bill on the prohibition of petroleum and extraction on the Irish onshore. I congratulate Deputy McLoughlin on having his Bill progressed this far. It is a considerable achievement for a Private Member’s Bill to be debated in both Dáil and Seanad Éireann and I look forward to the progress of this, the first Private Member’s Bill in this Government’s tenure to proceed to enactment. The Bill has a clear focus, namely, to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing to explore for or extract oil or gas in the Irish onshore.
Following pre-draft consultation in 2015, Sligo County Council has prepared a Draft Development Plan for County Sligo for the period 2017 to 2023. The Draft Plan is now on public display from the 21st September to the 30th November 2016. The Draft Plan can be viewed online at the following link: