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mining
RENEWABLE ENERGY roadmap

House of Oireachtashttp://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/

Online petitions: http://petitions.oireachtas.ie/online_petitions.nsf/PetitionForm?openform&type=intro+to+petitions&lang=EN&r=0.9753784463684588 online petition online petition pdf

 Tenders sought for expert advice on oil and gas exploration tax terms
http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press+Releases/2013/Tenders+sought+for+expert+advice+on+oil+and+gas+exploration+tax+terms.htm#content

Government seeks to strike balance between attracting investment and maximising returns from natural resources to the State.

Dublin, Tuesday 24th September 2013

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte T.D., today announced that his Department has sought tenders for the provision of expert advice on the “fitness-for-purpose” of the current oil and gas fiscal terms.

On the 9th of July last, in the context of the conclusion of the Dáil debate on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Minister Rabbitte confirmed that he intended seeking independent expert advice on the “fitness-for-purpose” of Ireland’s fiscal terms for oil and gas exploration, development and production.

Minister Rabbitte stated “Ireland’s offshore whilst holding great promise is relatively underexplored with only four commercial gas finds to date. In setting our fiscal terms we need to strike the necessary balance between attracting the high-risk exploration investment needed to prove that promise whilst maximising the return to the State and its citizens from our natural resources.

My Department has now commenced the public procurement process to engage the required expert advice. Such expert advice will focus on what level of fiscal gain is achievable for the State and its citizens and also on the appropriate mechanisms best suited to produce such gain”.

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd T.D said that the Government needed to be competitive on the open market to attract investment in exploration.

“The Government’s strategy for the exploitation of the State’s natural oil and gas resources aims to maximise the level of exploration activity and increase the level of production activity, while ensuring a fair return to the people from these activities,” said Minister O’Dowd.

“Ireland competes for mobile exploration investment in the same way it competes for other forms of foreign direct investment

“Given increasing international interest in the Irish offshore it is timely that the ‘fitness-for-purpose’ of the existing fiscal terms be reviewed. This will ensure regulatory certainty in advance of the next oil and gas exploration licensing round.”

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A Promising Future for Irish Oil and Gas Exploration
Ireland Oil and Gas 2013 Summit, Dublin, 10 September 2013

Address by Minister for Natural Resources, Fergus O’Dowd

Opening
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen.

I would like to begin by thanking IRN for inviting me to address you today.

A full and stimulating agenda has been set for the next two days, with a range of speakers from industry, my own Department and our colleagues in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for Northern Ireland.

The timing of the Summit is particularly opportune as 2013 has seen the building of real momentum in exploration for oil and gas in the Irish Offshore, both in terms of interest and activity.

Outline

I intend to briefly address the importance of the oil and gas exploration and development sector, the Government’s strategy in this area; and some of the key public policy developments affecting the sector in the last twelve months including:

  • The level of licensing activity;
  • New data acquisition;
  • Exploration drilling;
  • The review of fiscal terms; and
  • Onshore unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction.

Corrib incident
However, before starting I would like to record my deep sadness at learning of the death of a young man working in the Corrib tunnel at the weekend. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues.

Importance of the sector
Turning to the importance of this sector, and the general thrust of Government policy in this area.

Whilst we need to address the role fossil fuels play in the context of climate and environmental policy, we must also recognise that oil and gas now provide over 50% of world energy needs; and will continue to do so to a significant extent into the future, both in Ireland and worldwide.

Over 95% of Ireland’s total primary energy requirement is derived from fossil fuels and we have an 88% import dependency.

From these figures alone it is apparent that the sector has a key role to play in efforts to enhance our energy security of supply.

To my mind, however, the critical role to be played by the sector lies in its potential contribution to the Irish economy.

The global traded value of fuels in 2011 was approximately three trillion US dollars. All countries recognise that a share, even a modest share, of this trade has the potential to have significant economic, employment and fiscal benefits.

Based on our current understanding of Ireland’s oil and gas potential, exploration, development and production has the capacity to deliver significant and sustained economic benefits to the country ‘ not just at a national level, but a local level ‘ over long periods of time. Unlocking this potential is an important focus for the government and a promising significant source of opportunity for many regions throughout the country.

Since the late 1970’s, the Kinsale Head Gas Field and the adjoining fields has provided Ireland with energy security, clean fuel, taxation revenues and employment. The significant concentration of process industries, such as pharmaceuticals and food, in the Cork Harbour area have benefited from the availability of Kinsale Head natural gas. The original and subsequent capital expenditures on the field amount to over € 1.5 billion in today’s money. 33 years after initial production, over a hundred direct jobs are still supported by the field’s operations, with a spend in the local economy of approximately € 30 million per annum.

The much anticipated commencement of production from the Corrib Gas Field is projected to take place next year. While it’s precise contribution will ultimately depend on production and the price of gas over the life of the project, over 1,000 construction workers have been employed on the site and when complete it will provide employment for 175 people.

There are a number of effects direct, indirect and induced which benefit the economy both at national and local level from exploration and development.

The direct effects include the number of people employed by the oil and gas companies and the fiscal contribution by the industry. The indirect effect includes the businesses (or supply chain) that supports the industry. The supply chain businesses may work fully or partially with the energy sector and cover a wide range of services including consultancy, engineering, human resources, legal, finance, education and research. The induced effects are brought about by increased consumer spending owing to the initial direct and indirect effects. This may include spending on housing, food, transport, clothing, education and entertainment. The economy benefits from the direct employment, earnings and output of the oil exploration companies as well as the sector’s supply chain. Many jobs are created and would not exist without the economic activity generated by oil and gas exploration.

Government strategy for the sector

It is only through active exploration that the potential of the Irish offshore will be proven.

It is a core element of the State’s strategy for this sector that private industry rather than the Exchequer should carry the financial risk associated with exploration.

Given that the cost of a single exploration well in the Atlantic can cost in excess of €100 million, this is in my view a prudent policy from a public finances perspective.

The Government is cognisant of the fact that Ireland competes for mobile exploration investment in the same way it competes for FDI in already established onshore sectors. The Government’s strategy for the exploitation of the State’s natural hydrocarbon resources aims to maximise the level of exploration activity and increase the level of production activity, while ensuring a fair return to the State from these activities.

It is important then that the State provides suitable opportunities for international investors and provides the right environment to encourage private industry to take the risk associated with investing in exploration. We do this in a number of ways, including:

  •  offering attractive and innovative licensing opportunities, such as the 2011 Atlantic Margin licensing round;
  • providing a fit-for-purpose, transparent and robust regulatory regime;
  • deepening knowledge of our offshore petroleum potential, in particular through data acquisition and supporting key research projects and;
  • actively promoting the opportunity to invest in exploration in the Irish offshore, in particular to companies not currently active here.

Licensing Activity

Turning to recent developments in licensing activity, there has been a noticeable upturn in the level of activity in the last twelve months.

The Celtic Sea has seen renewed interest with the uptake of licensing options by Fastnet Oil and Gas and Charge Oil. Additional applications for licensing options are under consideration and further applications are expected.

We have also seen the welcome entry into the Atlantic Margin of three large independent oil and gas companies Cairn Energy, Kosmos Energy and Woodside Energy; who have, or propose to, farm into existing authorisations in the Irish Offshore.

Most notably it is anticipated that up to 11 of the 13 Licensing Options issued under the 2011 Atlantic Margin Licensing will convert to full Exploration Licences by the end of October.

This is a very positive development which validates the approach taken in the 2011 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round. In applying for a full Exploration Licence companies are required to propose significant work programmes for the acreage; progressing ultimately to the drilling of exploration wells.

New data acquisition

As regards the issue of new data acquisition, whilst 2012 only saw a single seismic 3D survey approved and commenced, 2013 has seen the approval of two 2D and three 3D surveys, a welcome increase in activity in Irish waters.

One of the 2013 surveys approved and currently being undertaken is a major 2D regional seismic survey that will aid in our understanding of the oil and gas potential of Ireland’s Atlantic Margin.

At a cost of €20 million and covering up to 18,000 km of full-fold seismic data, this survey is by far the largest regional seismic survey acquired in the Irish offshore, and will provide a regional grid of high-quality seismic data over Ireland’s frontier basins. It is also designed to infill data gaps that exist, particularly in the Southern Porcupine, Rockall and Hatton basins and the data should allow resource potential to be predicted with greater confidence and enable both the industry and the Government to evaluate future licensing opportunities.

The survey is being undertaken by ENI Ireland BV in conjunction with my Department. Clare Morgan, Consultant Geophysicist at my Department will shortly make a presentation that will include more detail on this regional survey.

Exploration drilling
The principal factor driving exploration investment decisions is the likelihood of making a new discovery. The challenge is how to improve the industry’s perception of Ireland’s prospectivity relative to that of other countries. Exploration drilling is the key.

A total of 157 exploration and appraisal wells have been drilled to date in Ireland’s offshore, compared with more than 1,200 wells in Norway and 4,000 wells in the United Kingdom.

Between 2011 and 2012 we had just one exploration well; and Dunquin will be the only well drilled offshore Ireland in 2013.

In spite of recent low levels of activity, there has been an upturn in interest and licensing activity, we are thankfully anticipating an increase in exploration drilling in the Irish offshore in the next two to three years.

Review of fiscal terms

Turning now to the issue of fiscal terms.

The Government’s overarching goal in respect of the exploitation of Ireland’s indigenous natural resources is to seek to maximise the benefits accruing to the people of Ireland. One of the most significant ways in which Ireland stands to benefit from successful exploration is through tax revenue.

Countries that have petroleum production use a range of models to obtain a financial return from their natural resources. These models vary both in terms of the instruments used and in terms of the level of take which the State seeks to obtain. Some countries use a combination of instruments, such as: State participation in licences; production royalties; along with taxation, while other countries, take an approach that is principally based on taxing profits.

In determining the appropriate approach at a national level a range of factors must be considered, with the principal factor being the relative prospectivity of the area. Directly replicating the fiscal regime of another country is unlikely to provide the optimum outcome. Regard must also be had to the approach adopted by countries with whom we are directly competing for a share of international exploration investment.

Ireland does not have proven resources equivalent to those of major oil producing countries such as Norway or the UK, and as a consequence Ireland’s tax terms for oil and gas production are deliberately aimed at attracting new investment, and are set at a level comparable to countries such as France, Portugal and Spain, with more limited petroleum production and more limited proven resources.

Ireland has continually reviewed, adapted and evolved our regulatory and fiscal terms to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

Following a review the fiscal terms were last revised in 2007. The 2007 terms sought to strike a balance between attracting those willing to invest in high-risk exploration while at the same time ensuring that the State would receive a fair share of profits where a commercial discovery is made.

The revised terms provided for a new profit resource rent tax of up to 15% in addition to the 25% corporate tax rate previously applying. The revised terms apply to all exploration licences issued since the beginning of 2007.

In the context of general public and parliamentary debate regarding the current fiscal terms, and having regard to the fact that it is almost seven years since the last review; my colleague Minister Rabbitte has announced that he is to seek further independent expert advice on the “fitness-for-purpose†of Ireland’s fiscal terms. Such expert advice would focus on what level of fiscal gain is achievable for the State and its citizens and, also on the mechanisms best suited to produce such a gain.

In that regard, and particularly in the context of planning for the next licensing round, it is intended to bring consideration of this matter to a conclusion in the very near future. That would ensure that the next licensing round could be launched against a backdrop of regulatory certainty and encourage much needed new investment in exploration.

The May 2012 Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration recommended that no retrospective changes should be made to licensing terms in respect of existing licences. Minister Rabbitte, in his speech to the Dáil in May this year, indicated his concurrence with the Joint Committee’s recommendation.

Onshore Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction

There has been considerable interest in recent years in the potential of unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction worldwide.

In 2011, onshore licensing options were issued which allowed companies to examine the potential for such unconventional hydrocarbons in Ireland.

In January 2013, in the context of public concern regarding unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction, the Environmental Protection Agency initiated a public consultation process on the terms of reference for a comprehensive study on the environmental impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction in Ireland including “fracking†technology.

This study will take up to two years and will commence later this year. The study follows on from the preliminary research into the environmental aspects of shale gas extraction, conducted by the University of Aberdeen, published by the EPA in May 2012.

As I have indicated on a number of occasions; no decision will be made on applications that would propose the use of hydraulic fracturing in unconventional gas exploration until the results of the current EPA research have been considered.

This is an essential step in ensuring public trust in our regulatory systems as regard oil and gas exploration.

Open for business
Ireland continues to remain an open and attractive location for oil and gas exploration.

If we are to successfully compete for international exploration investment we must ensure that we have a clear, transparent and effective regulatory regime.

Regulatory processes have been significantly reformed in recent years with the enactment of the Strategic Infrastructure Act 2006 and the Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act 2010, which creates a National Safety Assessment process for upstream petroleum infrastructure.

The intention is to build on these reforms. The Programme for Government contains a specific commitment to streamline regulatory processes and in that regard a Maritime Area Development and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill is being progressed. The Bill aims to streamline the development consent process for the foreshore including the integration of certain parts of the foreshore consent process with the existing on-land planning system.

Officials from my Department will provide further details of the reforms planned in today’s presentations.

Conclusion
I would like to conclude by complimenting IRN, its partners and speakers in organizing and participating in this event. I wish the Summit every success. No doubt a lot of information will be shared and new contacts made over the next two days. I also wish to extend an invitation to companies who may be new to Ireland to visit my Department which will do all it can to ensure that you gain a full understanding of the opportunities that exist in the Irish Offshore.

public consultation
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Public consultation on the Implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Irelandhttp://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/AarhusConvention/PublicConsultations/

OIREACHTAS DEBATE
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17 july  2013 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail2013071700026?opendocument#Y00350

Pat Rabbitte and the Information Session on Fracking at the Royal Irish Academyhttp://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2013-05-30a.462


Written answers –
http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2013-04-30a.63

Coillte
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EU Energy Policy: Discussion with EU Commissioner for Energy Oetiginger- http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/Debates%20Authoring/DebatesWebPack.nsf/committeetakes/TRJ2012092000009?opendocument

END of Oireachtas debate

QUESTIONS
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richard boyd barrettThanks to Shell to Sea for this video of People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett (TD) questioning the Taoiseach Enda Kenny (TD) on the corrupt and feckless manner in which exploration licences have been issued around the coast of Ireland with negligible benefit to the state in terms of tax revenues https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4642276775102&set=vb.217392378284498&type=2&theater http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4642276775102

Letter – FOI201136RequestandReply (September 2011)

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION 270911

Minister Rabbitte requests EPA to advise on Fracking Dublin 5 October 2011 – http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press%20Releases/Minister%20Rabbitte%20requests%20EPA%20to%20advise%20on%20Fracking.htm LINK IS REMOVED – FEBR. 2012

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION Nos 73, 74, 75 PQ EPA terms of reference and 1958 agreement 22 November 2011

Letter Pat the Cope Gallagher to Pat Rabbitte – Letter_PR_04 October  2011

Answer Pat Rabbitte to Pat the Cope Gallagher

END of Questions

GOVERNMENT’S POSITION
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Dail told no commercial Irish fracking until 2014
http://www.newstalk.ie/2012/news/dail-told-no-commercial-irish-fracking-until-2014/

Coillte privatisation ‘unlikely’ – Rabbitte – http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0430/389190-coillte-privatisation-unlikely-rabbitte/ (30 april 2013)

 

Irish independent article and video: 17 April 2013
Government puts a hold on fracking licenses –
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/government-puts-a-hold-on-fracking-licences-29203472.html

The Government has put a hold on granting any more licences for drilling by controversial hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said there is “considerable genuine concern” about the potential environmental and health considerations related to the activity.

He said no new licences will be granted until the completion of an All-Ireland scientific study of the process by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Briefing Paper: 12681_Fracking_1307111

END of Government’s position

TD’S
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BRIAN MEANEY left the green party – http://www.clare.fm/news/green-party-confirms-its-clare-councillor-leave-party?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

MeetingWithBrianMeaney_April122013

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END of TD’S

SPEECHES/INTERVIEWS
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Pat Rabbitte interview shale gas starts at 8.25 – http://www.rte.ie/news/morningireland/player.html?20130424,20192970,20192970,flash,232 24 April 2013


Energy Priorities of the Irish EU Presidencyhttp://theenergycollective.com/vieuws-eu-policy-broadcaster/167696/energy-priorities-irish-eu-presidency-video  ( Jan 2013

Hughes Belin, leading Energy journalist for viEUws – the EU Policy Broadcaster, met Pat Rabbitte, Irish Energy Minister, to discuss the Irish Presidency’s key priorities in the field of energy policy. Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins on January 1st 2013 and runs for the first half of the year. Topics include: – Safety of Offshore Drilling – Internal Energy Market – Renewables – Biofuels/ILUC

Energy conference speech Rabbitte – (June 2011)

“Winning Community Acceptance of Energy Infrastructure Biggest Challenge for European Energy Policy” – Minister Rabbitte. http://www.dcenr.gov.i/Press+Releases/Winning+Community+Acceptance+of+Energy+Infrastructure+Biggest+Challenge+for+European+Energy+Policy+s.htm (24 November 2011)
( LINK IS REMOVED – FEBR. 2012)

Speech president Higgins in the London School of Economics – LSE European Institute-APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe series Public Intellectuals, Universities, and a Democratic Crisis Michael D. Higgins President of Ireland London School of Economics and Political Science Tuesday 21 February 2012 Check against delivery

Speech could be found at: http://www.president.ie/index.php?section=5&speech=1068&lang=eng

Download speech: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2012/02/20120221t1830vLSE.aspx

Podcast: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/Home.aspx

http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/name-9496-en.html

END of Speeches/Interviews

COILLTE
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COILLTE  See also Fracking Matters Newsletter 18-13 (108) Protest
Opinion and information received from a campaigner

The sale of Coillte land was never on the table, as can be seen from the original Dáil answer in 2011. The statement from Pat Rabbitte in the RTÉ news report below is very misleading here. At no stage has the Government ever ruled out not proceeding with this action.

Other Questions – Coillte Assets
Thursday, 6 October 2011
6. Deputy Willie O’Dea
asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food his views on the sale of Coillte’s assets as part of NewERA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27950/11]
Deputy Simon Coveney: Although Deputy O’Dea is not present, I will read the reply into the record. Coillte was one of 28 commercial state bodies reviewed by the review group on State assets and liabilities, chaired by Mr. Colm McCarthy, which reported in April 2011. There [854]were three recommendations in the section dealing with Coillte, one of which was that the State should initiate the disposal of Coillte’s forest and non-forest assets but not its forest land. My Department has considered the recommendations in the report and I also asked Deloitte on a pro bono basis to examine the recommendations in the McCarthy report as they apply to my Department, including Coillte. The analysis and possible outcomes from this work will be considered by the Government, along with the future of other assets, in the context of the work of NewERA.

Coillte was established as a private commercial company under the Forestry Act 1988 and currently manages some 442,000 ha of land, of which some 390,000 ha is under forestry. It also plays a significant role in the provision of forest recreational activities, which was evident from the participation in National Trails Day last weekend. Given its extensive forest holdings and its role as main supplier of timber to Irish sawmills, it is a key player in the Irish forestry business. The group’s two panel processing companies, Smartply Europe Limited and Medite Europe Limited, also export significant volumes of wood panelling. The review report recommends the disposal of Coillte’s forest and non-forest assets but not its forest land. However, there are still a number of considerations and options arising from that recommendation.

As I outlined to the House in an Adjournment debate on this issue in June, it is essential to maximise the information available to the Government to make an informed, sensible and well-thought out decision that will not compromise the State’s core asset, which is the land Coillte manages on behalf of its shareholders, amounting to some 7% of our land mass. NewERA can play an important role in this process. To assist in its examination of options for the possible disposal of assets in general, the Government has requested the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, in consultation with relevant line Departments, such as my own, and NewERA, to consider a number of possible candidates for disposal. The Government will be advised on the appropriate valuations to be placed on the assets in question, and on the most appropriate method of disposal, likely timeframe and economic impact of any such disposal to inform any further decisions that the Government may wish to make in this regard.

Deputy Michael Moynihan:
Since the Forestry Act 1988 and before it there was a drive in some parts of the country to take on forestry. In my own part, over 50% of some parishes are under forestry. There is a significant concern about the issue and it is vital to make a distinction between the Minister’s comments and the notion debated on the public airwaves and elsewhere that Coillte land is for sale. Whatever the recommendations from the various bodies reporting on the sale of assets, it is vital that the land be kept in State ownership. It was sold to Coillte for minimal prices 20 or 25 years ago and it was never envisaged that the land would go to outsiders. I caution against such action. The Minister should also take account of what such action would mean to peripheral regions in the country which have given, in some cases, more than 50% of the land to afforestation.

Deputy Thomas Pringle:
Will the Department consider that forestry is a national asset as well as the land? There will be a future need to develop a wood biomass industry within the country to offset oil consumption and usage. Will the Minister give this consideration in making a decision? I hope he will make the right decision and not dispose of the assets.

Deputy Mick Wallace:
We do not have to go into the argument of the merits or otherwise of selling a State asset. Some 18 million visitors use Coillte land every year and I imagine if it was sold for private purposes, there would be some serious insurance issues arising from the public using the land which is currently a magnificent facility for the people.

[855]Deputy Simon Coveney:
I wish to be absolutely clear on a number of issues. No one is considering selling Coillte land and that is off the table. When I asked Deloitte to consider the matter, I stipulated that there should be no consideration of the sale of Coillte lands. I appeal to people to be responsible on the issue if and when we must discuss the matter at some stage in future.

It is true to say that the forests which Coillte manage are also valuable assets. One may argue about the valuation of a crop of 390,000 ha of woodland but the idea considered in the Deloitte report was that a crop, or asset, could be sold through harvesting rights for the next 20 or 50 years, depending on how much value we want. At the end of the process, the land would revert to the State, with a requirement in place for re-afforestation and replanting. Essentially, the asset of the forests and land would come back to the State at some time in future.

That is the kind of option we are considering but I stress that no decision has been made on the sale of Coillte as a company or in terms of forest assets. Any sale will take account of the issues raised by Deputy Wallace with regard to ensuring public access to recreational land and so on. There is a significant portion of Coillte land that is not accessed by anyone and we are considering all the options now, including valuations. We will make some decisions as a Government in the not too distant future.

Last Updated: 08/03/2013 18:26:50 http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/10/06/00020.asp

28 November 2012http://www.saveourforests.ie/NewsDetails/7
Sale of Coillte forests will restrict public access and place up to 12,000 Irish jobs at risk
Government plans to sell the rights to harvest Coillte forests for up to 80 years will “destroy the character and quality of Irish forests and limit countryside access for walkers, cyclists, school groups and the general public,” according a new report launched today (Thursday). Save Our Forests: The social, economic and environmental case against selling Coillte assets also says the plans could jeopardise up to 12,000 jobs in the Irish forest products sector, which is currently worth €2.2 billion a year including €286 million in exports.

Today’s launch, by the Coillte Branch of IMPACT trade union, was attended by representative groups including Mountaineering Ireland, the Irish Orienteering Association, the Society of Irish Foresters and the Woodland League, along with representatives of teachers concerned at the potential impact on school projects and events. IMPACT also launched a campaign website – www.saveourforests.ie – and said it would work with interested organisations to alert the public to the issue and convince the Government to change course.

The Government is developing proposals to sell Coillte harvesting rights – the right to fell and sell timber – to private operators. Save Our Forests says prospective buyers, set on the commercial exploitation of timber, would be unlikely to agree to maintain “safe and optimum” access to forests without significant incentives “which are unlikely to be affordable at present.” This would severely restrict countryside access in Ireland, which has no public ‘rights of way’ over private land, and where 18 million visits are made to Coillte forests each year. This could also have a major impact on the tourism sector.

Drawing on the limited privatisation experience of New Zealand, the publication says: “commercially-driven owners or concessionaires could not be relied on to interpret access liberally, or to undertake the expenditure necessary to maintain forest land for safe and optimum recreational use. It is impossible to imagine how the State could maintain public access to Coillte lands after harvesting rights were sold to private companies.”

Outside of tourism, concerns over the employment consequences of a sale of Coillte assets – particularly to companies based overseas – focus on the supply and quality of timber to the Irish forestry products sector. Save Our Forests says international logging companies tend to export wood in unprocessed log form and can easily circumvent contractual requirements for local processing or supply of timber.

“This means that there is no certainty that the Coillte wood supply would continue to be available for purchase by Irish processors if foreign buyers take up harvesting concessions. Coillte does not withhold supply from Irish businesses regardless of market conditions. Private concession holders, on the other hand, are unlikely to place wood on the market when prices are low. They are likely to divert supplies to higher priced destinations when opportunities arise,” it says.

The publication also says selling forestry rights would put Coillte’s internationally-recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification at risk, which could undermine the quality of – and prices for – Irish wood products.

Save Our Forests also outlines a range of environmental risks that could arise from the sale of Coillte harvesting rights, and highlights the difficulty and cost of regulation of re-forestation, tree species mix, forestry inventories and the maintenance of State expertise in these areas. “Once lost, it will not be possible to rebuild Ireland’s reservoir of forestry experience on which the future viability of Irish forestry depends,” it says.

Speaking at the launch of the publication, IMPACT general secretary Shay Cody criticised the Government for failing to consult with stakeholders including rural communities and the people who make 18 million visits to Coillte forests each year. “This publication outlines the disastrous economic, environmental and social consequences of the proposed course of action, including the likely erosion of public access to forests. It also makes the compelling case that, in current market conditions, these consequences are entirely disproportionate to the relatively small sums of money the Government could hope to raise from a sale,” he said.

Read the full document and get more information from www.saveourforests.ie
http://www.saveourforests.ie/NewsDetails/7

Coillte privatisation ‘unlikely’ – Rabbitte
Updated: 22:17, Tuesday, 30 April 2013
http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0430/389190-coillte-privatisation-unlikely-rabbitte/

The privatisation of Coillte forests is unlikely to happen, according to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte.
Speaking during Minister’s Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, Mr Rabbitte said while it was premature to draw any conclusion “the mooted privatisation of Coillte looks more unlikely every day”.
He noted the protest against the sale of harvesting rights in Co Wicklow, which featured on a number of news bulletins at the weekend.
Mr Rabbitte pointed out that talks between Bord na Móna and Coillte to create a bio energy company are under way, adding that “there are possibilities there”.
Also speaking in the Dáil, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd-Barrett that the Government had not made any decision on the sale of State assets including Coillte.
He said that he was well aware that many people enjoy the country’s forests recreationally, including himself.
However, he said that what is being considered is the potential cash crop of timber, which will not affect people’s ability to enjoy forests every weekend.
Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin asked if the sale of harvesting rights of Coillte is now off the table, as also suggested by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin.
Mr Martin said in his opinion such a sale would represent a “retrograde step”.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0430/389190-coillte-privatisation-unlikely-rabbitte/

Report compulsory acquisition of lands at Charlesland Co Wicklow(word doc)

http://ubuntuone.com/2rQB8wm1QgE6PReI3Jws7H

Appendix 1-Report of independent review-Compulsory acquisition at Charlesland Co Wicklow pdf
http://ubuntuone.com/1CFrhwga69kVFFj3i3W1X7

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SCIENCE
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http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press+Releases/2013/Tellus+Border+data+launch.htm

This article is no longer available for free. Search: fracking on the Irish Times website and pay for the article

 RIA information briefing on frackinghttp://www.ria.ie/News/The-Royal-Irish-Academy-Information-Briefing-on-Fr.aspx

pat rabbitte

Irish independent article and video: 17 April 2013
Government puts a hold on fracking licenses –
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/government-puts-a-hold-on-fracking-licences-29203472.html

The Government has put a hold on granting any more licences for drilling by controversial hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said there is “considerable genuine concern” about the potential environmental and health considerations related to the activity.

He said no new licences will be granted until the completion of an All-Ireland scientific study of the process by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The research will start in the second half of the year, the minister said.
“The conduct of the study is expected to take at least 12 months. Any applications for exploration licences that may be received in the interim will be put on hold, pending publication of this important research,” he said.
The minster was speaking at an information session on fracking at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.

Forfas report:  read page 68- 71 08042013-Costs_of_Doing_Business_2012-Publication


http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2013/04/decisions-on-fracking-will-be-based-on-scientific-evidence-rabbitte/

Speech Pat Rabbitte – RIA-Fracking—Minister pdf document  http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2013/04/decisions-on-fracking-will-be-based-on-scientific-evidence-rabbitte/

Presentations: ( see also http://frackingfreeireland.org/info-to-download/power-point-presentation/)   and http://frackingfreeireland.org/reports/

Shale Gas and water related issues – Rob Ward – http://www.ria.ie/getmedia/3c4115c6-c265-42b3-93d8-8c9f1c7d5983/Shale-Gas-and-Water-Related-Issues.pdf.aspx

Hydraulic Fracturing Technology, safeguards and remaining issues – Davies – http://www.ria.ie/getmedia/ccbc42a4-d97a-4979-8e8d-2d34467eceba/Hydraulic-Fracturing-Technology–Safeguards-and-Remaining-Issues.pdf.aspx

Fracking Big Bad Monster or Economic Deliverer? – http://www.ria.ie/getmedia/2ed6931b-637e-4091-a730-af551ef3863f/Fracking—Big-Bad-Monster-or-Economic-Deliverer.pdf.aspx

State geologist questions fracking firm’s data – http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/name-9496-en.html BARRY O’HALLORAN THE QUALITY of the data used by exploration group Tamboran Resources to determine the natural gas reserves in the Lough Allen region was “questionable”, a Government expert has claimed. Tamboran announced in January that tests indicated that an area split between Leitrim and Fermanagh contained 4.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which it said would be enough to supply Ireland for 12 years. Michael Hanrahan, senior geologist with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources petroleum division, told an Oireachtas committee yesterday that the quality of that information could be questioned. “The seismic data is very old and its quality is questionable,” he said, and would need more evaluation. Seismic data allows geologists to assess whether a rock formation could hold oil or gas. Tamboran intends using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract the gas. This involves using water and sand to crack the rock to allow the gas to escape. The company declined to attend yesterday’s hearing before the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. Tamboran said that, in line with the licensing process, “we will be presenting the department with a comprehensive geotechnical and seismic analysis of the project area”. The company holds a licence option for the region, which does not entitle it carry out any drilling. Its estimate of the Lough Allen resource is based on analyses of existing samples and information by two specialists, Core Laboratories and Global Geophysical. Ciarán Ó hÓbáin, principal officer with the department’s petroleum affairs division, confirmed to the committee that Tamboran would have to apply for an exploration licence by the end of February or its option would lapse. That application will have to include an environmental impact statement. Mr Ó hÓbáin said that the statement would have to take into account the findings of a comprehensive review of fracking by the Environmental Protection Agency. On that basis, Mr Ó hÓbáin said it would be well into next year before the evaluation of any exploration licence applications for the region could begin. Exploration licences also require planning permission, safety permits from the Commission for Energy Regulation and public consultation. Dr Aedín McLoughlin, of the Good Energies Alliance, argued that if fracking were permitted, it could contaminate drinking water supplies in the area and as far away as Donegal. Underground aquifers are used to supply much of the water in the region. These can be found both above and below the rock that Tamboran intends fracturing. Dr McLoughlin claimed that fracking would only create 180 long-term jobs and about 400 in the short-term. She said that the experience in the US, where fracking is widespread, has been that it relies on migrant labour. She told the committee that this had resulted in social problems such as an increase in crime, alcohol and drug problems and prostitution.

Some research partners from Aberdeen University to carry out a research on the Environmental impact of HF on behalf of Pat Rabitte – http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geology/research/ Current sponsors and supporters (July 2012) http://www.abdn.ac.uk/explohub/support/current/

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ENVIRONMENT
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Review of Implementation of EU Directive 2003/4/EC on Public Access to Information on the Environment report by Ireland Microsoft Word – FileDownLoad22174en public access to environmental information

Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht – 20 September 2011 Webcasting Recording – Tithe an Oireachtais Topic:  Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing as against other methods of gas extraction In attendance: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Tambouran Resources PTY; and An Taisce  http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=18999

A review of the EPA –
EPA Review Report

Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Regulations 2011
. en.si.2011.0649 ( pdf)

SI 133 Guidelines 1 screenshot

Access to information on the Environment regulations 2007

View European report: Political issues/European Parliament


 

An Taisce – Issue 2 Summer 2011

Can Fracking ever be successfully regulated in Ireland so as to provide an environmentally, socially and economically safe source of indigenous energy? http://www.antaisce.ie/transportenergy/Fracking.aspx (15th august 2011)

The Department of the Environment press release and link to the report is here: http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/Atmosphere/ClimateChange/News/MainBody,31203,en.htm

NESC climate report a timely call for action, but lacks bite Comment and press release by Friends of the Earth Ireland http://www.foe.ie/news/2012/10/01/nesc-climate-report-a-timely-call-for-action-but-lacks-bite/ (1 Oct. 2012)

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CER
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cer 2013 ELECTRICITY AND GAS RETAIL MARKETS REPORT

The CER today (27th September 2013) published theElectricity and Gas Retail Market Quarterly Report for Q1 2013.

cer13197 REPORT

All decision papers: http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-decision-documents.aspx

From: info@cer.ie The CER today (28 February 2013) publishes a number of papers in relation to the Petroleum Safety Framework: · The Designated Petroleum Activities Regulations Consultation Response Paper, which is available at: http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-decision-documents.aspx?article=4099a0b2-054a-4537-96e4-2aaf732b8c89 · The ALARP Demonstration Guidance Document (and Consultation Response Paper) which is available at : http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-decision-documents.aspx?article=b6451b7b-986f-48d8-ac75-46d72fd66464 · The Safety Case Guidelines Decision (and Consultation Response Paper), which is available at: http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-decision-documents.aspx?article=4cd80521-0140-4c27-af2f-52abe4c726c9 For further information, please contact Eamonn Murtagh (emurtagh@cer.ie) at the CER.

CER update 2012
http://ubuntuone.com/6Zi5ATy8uWECBlOHvvBSYu
The CER has updated the Correspondence page of the Petroleum Safety section of the CER website. Please see http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-correspondance.aspx
The CER has also updated the Meeting Minutes page of the Petroleum Safety section of the CER website.
Please see http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-meeting-minutes.aspx

CER consultation paper screenshotConsultation paper
This Consultation Paper constitutes the first step in the development of the Petroleum Safety Framework, and enables the general public, industry and other interested parties to have input into the proposed High Level Design of the Framework at an early stage. Following consideration of responses received, the CER propose to publish a draft decision paper for public consultation on the proposed High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework in December 2011. Finally, having considered all responses to the draft decision paper, the CER aim to publish its decision paper on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework in April 2012.
Consultation Questions to be found on their website: http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-current-consultations.aspx?article=57170b43-6dee-433a-b7b3-63dc68cb680f

CER respondsConsultation Responses and Minutes of Respondents Meetings

The CER today (December 16 2011) publishes the 79 responses it received to the Consultation Paper on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework (CER/11/137). These responses, as well as the minutes of the meetings the CER held with respondents are available to view at the link below: http://www.cer.ie/en/consultations.aspx?type=safety&article=57170b43-6dee-433a-b7b3-63dc68cb680f (16 Dec 2011) The CER expects to publish the Consultation Response Paper and the Draft Decision paper on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework early in the new year. Separate to the consultation on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework, the CER met with Tamboran Resources in October 2011 at their request.
To view the minutes of that meeting please click on the link below: http://www.cer.ie/en/petroleum-safety-meeting-minutes.aspx For further information, please contact Eamonn Murtagh
emurtagh@cer.ie at the CER. Commission for Energy Regulation, The Exchange, Belgard Square North, Tallaght, Dublin 24 | Tel: 01 4000 800 | Fax: 01 4000 850 |
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cer - DRAFT DESISION PAPER

 

CER – Draft decision Paper http://ubuntuone.com/4aDSHSvXbQTmFHrUAqpPRy
cer12017b appendix (16 February 2012)


Draft report cer – CER12176 Natural Resources Committee to meet the Commission for Energy Regulation A delegation from the Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture will tomorrow morning receive a detailed briefing from representatives of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). CER is the regulator for the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ireland. Tomorrow’s meeting will include discussion their current work priorities, including their increased responsibilities in regulating petroleum safety onshore and offshore. The CER representatives will introduce the Draft Decision Paper on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework, published last month and accessible via the Commission website here: http://bit.ly/wZ8GzW.

Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee Andrew Doyle TD said: “Our Committee has an important role in oversight of statutory bodies and tomorrow’s meeting is an opportunity to question representatives from the Commission on their current work priorities. “Committee Members will be particularly keen to explore the CER’s responsibility for regulating the safety of onshore shale gas extraction. While the CER’s role concerns safety with no statutory authority to permit or ban hydraulic fracturing, the discussion will hopefully afford the Committee an insight into this highly contentious issue – we note that responses to their public consultation on the Petroleum Safety Framework were dominated by concerns on fracking. “Another matter of public concern is the proposed high-voltage power line from Meath to Tyrone. Last month in multiple meetings, the Committee provided a unique public forum for all sides of the debate on the new interconnector to thrash out long running issues in a frank, comprehensive and open manner. We will seek the perspective of the Commission on how best to deliver this key piece of national infrastructure, as we finalise a response for consideration by Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte TD. We will also discuss the CER’s role in their role in regulating the Single Electricity Market with their counterpart in Belfast. The Committee will question the representatives on how the benefits of having the wholesale electricity market on the island of Ireland can increase the use of renewable energies such as wind power in electricity generation.” The meeting takes place at 11 a.m tomorrow morning 15 March in Committee Room 4, LH 2000. Committee proceedings can be followed live at: http://bit.ly/xMg2nJ http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/name-7265-en.html

Press release from the The Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture on the 15th of March briefing from the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) to the Committee. Natural Resources Committee engages with the Commission for Energy Regulation The Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture today received a detailed briefing from representatives of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). As the regulator for the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ireland, the CER discussed its increased responsibilities in regulating petroleum safety onshore and offshore. Addressing the Committee were CER Chair Dermot Nolan, Commissioner Garrett Blaney and Dr Paul McGann, their Director of Safety and Consumer Affairs. Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee Andrew Doyle TD said: “The Committee thanks the CER representatives for a detailed briefing on their increased role in petroleum safety. With today’s news of an oil strike off the Cork coast, today’s meeting heard the representatives explain that international best practice will be applied in regulating petroleum exploration, as their Petroleum Safety Framework is finalised. “As well as offshore exploration, the CER will have responsibility for ensuring the safety of a potential onshore hydraulic fracturing industry, which is a source of heightened public concern. While the CER’s role concerns safety with no statutory authority to permit or ban ‘fracking’, the issue will no doubt be a source of ongoing engagement between the Committee and the Commission in the coming years. “The Committee are encouraged that CER intend to facilitate more renewable generation capacity, including the associated network development costs, at the least cost to the end consumer. “Other issues raised at the meeting include CER responsibilities around consumer protection in the gas and electricity retail market, their work on regulating the key electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales and their evaluation of a smart metering roll-out to homes and business.”
Ends For further information contact: Paul Hand, Houses of the Oireachtas, Communications Unit, Leinster House, Dublin 2 P: +3531 618 4484 M: +353 87 6949926 F: +3531 618 4551 paul.hand@oireachtas.ie

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JOINT COMMITTEE OIREACHTAS
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Good Energies Alliance submitted to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications Transcript of Dail Committee Hearing http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/Debates%20Authoring/DebatesWebPack.nsf/committeetakes/TRJ2012101000001?opendocument

From the Dail transcript – AEDIN – “When talking about hydraulic fracturing I specifically said that high volume hydraulic fracturing should be prohibited. The reason is that all the evidence coming from where this is taking place shows that it is not a safe technology. Personally, and not speaking on behalf of the campaign, I think that if there is a new technology that might examine the production of gas in a completely different way, perhaps for the good of the community and not to have it produced suddenly with huge industry and probably just going into the international store of gas rather than have it used by the people, we could be talking about a completely different scenario. That is why high volume hydraulic fracturing should be prohibited, but not the research into what could be the future development of gas production. There is no doubt we all need and use gas and know its benefits.”

The webcast is now online and can be viewed at this link: http://media.heanet.ie/oireachtas/asx.php?Channel=Committee4&Date=20121010&StartTime=00%3A55%3A00.000&Duration=03%3A03%3A00.000 if this link doesn’t open try:https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMrSirCharles?feature=watch > Ireland the wrong place to start fracking Oireachtas submission 101012 >Opening statement Final

AnTaisceFracking20110920a  (Supported by Aedin McLoughlin.)

Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht – 20 September 2011 Webcasting Recording – Tithe an Oireachtais Topic:  Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing as against other methods of gas extraction In attendance: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Tambouran Resources PTY; and An Taisce  http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=18999

Debate 13
September Hydraulic Fracuturing – http://debates.oireachtas.ie/AGJ/2011/09/13/00004.asp

Debate oireachtas, 22nd October 2008: Tamboran – Karl Prenderville


Shannon LNG ‘Free Riding’ – ESB (Press release 17th August 2011)

Safety before LNG- Protecting the Shannon Estuary and its People SBLNG submission on the regulatory treatment of the BGE interconnetors: to the Commision for Energy Regulation by Johnny McElligot (10 pages) and reports (17 pages) 9th August 2011

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MINUTES and MOTIONS
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Only the courts can decide whether something is legal, (not keyboard lawyers.)  Article 28 A of the Constitution of Ireland was inserted into the Constitution in 1999, six years after the Glencar Exploration v Mayo County Council (1993 Judgement. )

CONSTITUTION OF IRELAND

August 2012

Enacted by the People 1st July, 1937
In operation as from 29th December, 1937

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

ARTICLE 28A

1 The State recognises the role of local government in providing a forum for the democratic representation of local communities, in exercising and performing at local level powers and functions conferred by law and in promoting by its initiatives the interests of such communities.

2 There shall be such directly elected local authorities as may be determined by law and their powers and functions shall, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, be so determined and shall be exercised and performed in accordance with law.

3 Elections for members of such local authorities shall be held in accordance with law not later than the end of the fifth year after the year in which they were last held.

4 Every citizen who has the right to vote at an election for members of Dáil Éireann and such other persons as may be determined by law shall have the right to vote at an election for members of such of the local authorities referred to in section 2 of this Article as shall be determined by law.

5 Casual vacancies in the membership of local authorities referred to in section 2 of this Article shall be filled in accordance with law.

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/en/constitution/index.html

LEITRIM COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ( draft)

Full article: http://frackingfreeireland.org/2013/12/14/leitrim-county-development-plan-draft/#more-8071

DONEGAL COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Plan 2012-2018

FOREWORD

On behalf of the Elected Members of Donegal County Council, I am delighted to introduce the County Donegal Development Plan 2012-2018. The purpose of this plan is to help achieve the sustainable  development of Donegal, where the quality of life in the County is exceptional, with the pristine  scenery of mountain, lakes and seashore, together with a wide range of quality services to attract  both investors and tourists to the area.
Donegal is part of a large sub region with Derry City, involving the entire north west portion of the  island of Ireland. It creates a critical mass that supports a variety of health, educational, retail, social  and community facilities that, together with the opportunities presented by Project Kelvin and the  availability of a highly skilled workforce, all contribute to making the County an attractive place in  which to invest, work and live.
This plan seeks to position Donegal so that it benefits from the new ways by which we will earn our  living in a competitive world. We must house a rising population, which is living longer and wants to  make new choices. We must respond to the changes that new technologies offer us and ensure that it  benefits our social, community, cultural and environmental wellbeing. This plan recognises that our  historic environment – buildings, landscapes, towns and villages – can better be cherished if their  spirit of place thrives, rather than withers and it seeks to direct significant development quantum to
locations that has the capacity to sustain it.
This plan is about helping to make positive growth happen in a sustainable way that encourages  economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations. Development that is  sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption in favour of sustainable development is  the basis of this plan. This framework sets out clearly what could make a proposed development  unsustainable and it represents a creative exercise in finding ways to enhance and improve the places  in which we live our lives.
Cllr Noel McBride
Meara Chontae Dhún na nGall
June 2012

Chapter 7
Natural Resource Development
Page 110

E-P-8  It is a policy of Donegal County Council that the process of Hydraulic Fracturing (or fracking) will not be permitted within the County of Donegal. Therefore, this Council will  not allow the intrusive shale gas extraction practices.

http://www.donegalcoco.ie/NR/rdonlyres/9247A944-BD8A-43E9-9007-AD8D0E5A0A19/0/CDP20122018CoreDoc.pdf
Donegal develoment plan 2012

http://www.donegalnow.com/sp/article_manager/detail/exclusive_council_will_not_ban_fracking_in_development_plan  (30 May 2012)

 

co donegal development planDonegal County Development Plan

http://www.donegalcoco.ie/NR/rdonlyres/9247A944-BD8A-43E9-9007-AD8D0E5A0A19/0/CDP20122018CoreDoc.pdf

 

Development plan: http://ubuntuone.com/1phtazUCQ3pxHLmzg3lCaS

Website Co. Donegalhttp://www.donegalcoco.ie/services/planningeconomicdevelopment/CentralPlanningUnit/CountyDonegalDevelopmentPlan2012-2018.htm

ban/moratorium on fracking – county development plan

MINUTES Minutes of Meeting of Leitrim County Council held in the Riverside Bank Restaurant, Dromahaire on Monday 11th June 2012 at 5.30 p.m.
www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/About_the_Council/Council_Meeting_Minutes/
http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/About_the_Council/Council_Meeting_Minutes/Council-Meetings-2012/Minutes-11th-June-2012.pdf Minutes-11th-June-2012 pdf

Minutes 6th February 2012 – Leitrim CoCo – Fracking – Amend County Development Plan?
Minutes Roscommon 28.11.2011
Minutes bundoran 1 november2011 Minutes leitrim 5 dec 2011 Motion NI and votes 6 dec 2012

CLARE: WORDING MOTION “That this Council commence the process to amend or vary the Current Clare County Development Plan in the interests of proper planning and Sustainable development, that all intrusive Fracking / shale gas extraction related activity be halted pending introduction regulatory National and European oversight that does not contravene existing European directives Thank you for your e-mail. Monaghan County Council last Monday 12 th March 2012 supported the following motion on my proposal: That Monaghan County Council believes that a moratorium should be placed on onshore and offshore exploration development and production of shale gas by withdrawing licenses for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at least until the publication of a detailed environmental impact assessment into the practice; a consultation process carried out with affected communities and consideration given to how it will benefit the local economy. We note that proposals for ‘fracking’ are well advanced in neighbouring counties and will include policies in line with the wording and spirit of this motion in our County Development Plan. I hope this will help the campaign progress. Adh mor, Matt Carthy, SF member, Monaghan County Council.

COUNCIL AGREES NEW MOTION ON FRACKING Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 11:25AM by Registered CommenterDeclan Bree | Comments Off http://www.declanbree.com/news-currentissues/ A MOTION proposing that Sligo County Council work with other local authorities from the region to oppose the practice of hydraulic fracturing/fracking was unanimosusly adopted at the monthly meeting of Sligo County Council. Proposing the motion Cllr Declan Bree said “Following the decision by this Council last month to call on the government to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing/fracking, councillors and council officials from Leitrim, Sligo, Fermanagh and Cavan were invited to attend a meeting on the issue in Enniskillen. The meeting was hosted by Fermanagh District Council. “Those from Sligo in attendance at the Enniskillen meeting were Cllr Jerry Lundy, Acting Director of Services Mr Tom Brennan and I. “The meeting agreed to invite Minister Pat Rabbitte and Northern Minister Arlene Foster to a further meeting of councillors from the four councils in Enniskillen in the near future. “The meeting also agreed that the draft motion on our agenda today should be circulated to each of the four councils for consideration and adoption. “By adopting the motion it gives the Councils a mandate to work together and with other local authorities in the region to oppose the practice of hydraulic fracturing/fracking. “I formally move the motion: “Recognising the dangers that hydraulic fracturing/fracking poses to water quality, to human safety and the general environment, this council resolves to work together with other local authorities in the region, to oppose the practice of hydraulic fracturing/fracking and we call on the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Government to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing/fracking North and South of the border.”

TAMBORAN MINUTEScer oct 20111 pdf Briefing to members of the Oireachtas 14 Febr. 2012 briefing members of the oireachtas 14 febr 2012

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LICENSES
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FRACKING LICENSING PROCEDURE EXPLAINED
Councillors seek clarification on fracking concerns – Fracking – Leitrim Observer (pdf) 12 July 2012 http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/fracking/councillors-seek-clarification-on-fracking-concerns-1-4039566

EXPLORATION APPLICATION BY ENEGI OIL

enegi-oil-application-for-exploration-licence-21-february-2013

PETROLEUM PROSPECTING LICENCES –  Required? – Issued?

——————— Visit also Fracking in Ireland?—————

No unconventional Gas Regulation in Republic of Ireland – http://thegasmancometh.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/no-unconventional-gas-regulation-in-republic-of-ireland/

Answer to AEI request

Applicationhttp://ubuntuone.com/42CyX21jn99qZ2op4Cr00e
Schedule of records- Scedule of records
Appeal procedure AEI Microsoft Word – AIE Appeals proceedures


No Petroleum Prospecting Licences issued for Shale gas – http://thegasmancometh.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/no-petroleum-prospecting-licences-issued-for-shale-gas-companies-in-republic-of-ireland/

OPTIONS LICENSES AGREEMENT http://thegasmancometh.wordpress.com/tamborans-options-licence/

TamboranLicence : The Licence agreement signed indicating a PPL is required. Enegi and LANGCO have similar conditions.

EnegiLicence

LangcoLicence
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FRACKING LICENSE SOLD TO THE COMPANIES

LANGCO – Martin Keely, ceased as director – 56151113
LANGCO – restoration to register of company struck off
(Companies Registration Office) 56445514 langco 1 56445513 langco 2 56445510 langco 3 List of companies world wide: http://investing.businessweek.com/research/common/symbollookup/symbollookup.asp

NI Assembly – Report on the Energy Inquiry, Volume 3 and 2 – Jan 2012 This is quite laborious reading, but it contains some very relevant facts, how fracking was sold to northern and southern governments of 2000 http://archive.niassembly.gov.uk/enterprise/2007mandate/reports/2010/Report_14_10_11R_v2.htm Third report on the Energy Inquiry – volume 2 pdf Report on the Energy Inquiry volume 3 – http://ubuntuone.com/291rHtWLMQqW0O3s5hGMls

 LICENCES ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE – (INCL. MAPS) (scroll down for renewable energy)

PetroleumExplorationandExtractionSafetyBill2010

Petroleum licence Options for  North West Carboniferous and Clare Basin: CompetitiveOnshoreLicensingNotice1 Extact Petroleum Licensing Terms 2007t2 – 

Finavera awarded onshore gas assed licenses – 16 Dec 2005   http://www.energy-pedia.com/article.aspx?articleid=111638 Finavera Gas, Ltd. is a natural gas exploration and development company in Ireland. The company primarily explores for natural gas in Europe. It holds onshore petroleum exploration licenses in the Republic of Ireland and northern Ireland. The company owns Lough Allen natural gas field in the northwest of Ireland and northern Ireland. Finavera Gas, Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=22479670

Members: http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/people.asp?privcapId=22479670 Note: Finavera is now called LANGCO(Lough  Allen Gas Company) no website

Finavera website (LANGCO)  http://finaveragas.com/projects/lough An (old) map of the licence area, (Sligo not included) and the pipe lines

OFFSHORE

AcreagePositionReportFebruary2012

Map offshore, incl. fracking area licences – http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/DC9B38F3-3D4C-4F1B-A644-B455ADD7F78F/0/A0_Concession_Map_Jun2011.pdf  (June 2011)

Notice of intention to grant Petroleum Prospecting Licence (PPL) – http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Petroleum+Affairs+Division/Licensing+Applications

  • Notice of intention to grant Petroleum Prospecting Licence (PPL) to Albativ Resources Ltd.

Irish Independent Notice, 17 Aug 2011 This links to a PDF document         Foinse Notice, 17 Aug 2011 This links to a PDF document

  • Notice of intention to grant Petroleum Prospecting Licence (PPL) to ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Ireland (Offshore) Ltd.

Irish Independent Notice, 24 Aug 2011 This links to a PDF document         Foinse Notice, 24 Aug 2011 This links to a PDF document Petroleum Affairs Division http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Petroleum+Affairs+Division/

2011 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round – Acreage Offered – awarded licensing options (Map)http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/88B94A58-8413-420C-B68D-1479CA4AC750/0/AwardofLicensingOptions.pdf Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Irish and Celtic seas – public consultation  closed 19 August 2011)) http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Petroleum+Affairs+Division/Irish+Offshore+Strategic+Environmental+Assessment+%28IOSEA+4%29/Public+Consultation.htm Irish and Celtic sea –  http://w ww.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/C153D305-73DC-476D-955C-5C950D657D6E/0/IOSEA4A30352S00REPT004A01.pdf

No Current Notices

Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) Public consultation (closed 6 May 2011)

Main draft report- Natura Impact Statement volume 1http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/6D49E0A7-D692-44A0-A6FF-BE8F016EE688/0/OREDPNIS01April2011Volume1MainReport.pdf

Natura Impact Statement- reduced size and figures, volume 2http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/93776FE1-42F2-42CB-8FE4-71308F324B74/0/OREDPNIS29March2011Volume2Figures.pdf

Natura Impact Statement – appendices, volume 3http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/67A9B7AE-E69D-4D3B-92F7-B38DD04F2B36/0/OREDPNIS29March2011Volume3Appendices.pdf

 

NORTH – SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR

Minister Rabbitte publishes international Expert Commission Report on North South Interconnector http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press%20Releases/Minister%20Rabbitte%20publishes%20International%20Expert%20Commission%20Report%20on%20North%20South%20Interconnector.htm (17 Jan 2012)  (LINK IS REMOVED  – FEBR. 2012)

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Mining in Leitrimhttp://ubuntuone.com/23sES58W7pqyZbyoxtCnQG Mining company: http://www.lundinmining.com/s/Galmoy.asp

Notice of new/renewed prospecting licenses, more townlands involved – http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Exploration+and+Mining+Division/Public+Notices townlands Our Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has decided to offer up a few more counties to the miners – licences have been granted to a mining company based in Suan, Co Clare. Minister Rabbitte has now granted exploration licenses for Brytes, Silver and Gold in much the same Townlands as those he may licence to the frackers.

Mining license map – http://spatial.dcenr.gov.ie/ExplorationAndMining/SpatialViewer/index.html MINERALS DEVELOPMENT ACTShttp://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Exploration+and+Mining+Division/Public+Notices/

Public Notices

Statutory Notices under the Minerals Development Acts, 1940 to 1999

The Minerals Development Acts, 1940 to 1999 require the Minister to give notice of :

  • his intention to grant or renew a Prospecting Licence under the Minerals Development Act, 1940 This links to a PDF document for minerals exploration;
  • Although there is no statutory requirement to do so, the Minister also gives notice of his intention grant a State Mining Lease of State owned minerals under the Minerals Development Act, 1940 .
  • his intention to grant a State Mining Facility under the Minerals Development Act, 1979 This links to a PDF document in respect of privately owned minerals;
  • the granting of a State Mining Facility under the Minerals Development Act, 1979 indicating the right of any person entitled to an estate or interest in the minerals to claim compensation.

Exploration Permits (Prospecting Licences)

Click on the following link to Search for a map: to find a location please click on the find Address button or PL Area Search to find a location. Click Locate to zoom to the requested area. Current Notices:

  • Proposal to grant State Mining Lease:

No Current Notices

Minerals Development Act, 1979

  • Proposal to grant State Mining Licence:

Advertisement for SML11 dated 05/04/2012

  • Notice of grant of State Mining Licence and right to claim compensation:

RENEWABLE ENERGY
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Eu compulsary report: the 20-20-20 targets for the year 2020 http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/transparency_platform/doc/national_renewable_energy_action_plan_ireland_en.pdf

National Renewable Energy Action Plan national_renewable_energy_action_plan_ireland_en

All Eu members reports: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/transparency_platform/action_plan_en.htm  

National Energy Efficiency Action Plan Plan how to meet the targets for sustainable energy 2007 -2020 in compliance with EU regulations. http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/FC3D76AF-7FF1-483F-81CD-52DCB0C73097/0/NEEAP_full_launch_report.pdf

National Energy Efficiency Action Plan Chapter 10:

Ireland will be at the forefront of energy research, supporting the developing of energy efficiency in order to accelarate contribution to Irelands energy supply that will help to deliver a sustainable energy future for Ireland. (opposite to fracking! of fossil fuels) Page 28 promises us a low carbon energy to all customers Page 54 stimulates the increased uptake of renewable energy sources, and promotes clean and sustainable transport. (controversial to transport of the fracking) Page 57 promises to move the market towards competative provision of sustainable products and services.

http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/News/MainBody,29088,en.htm Draft: DRAFT FRAMEWORK for public consultation ren. energy (before 29 Feb. 2012)

Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) Public consultation (closed 6 May 2011) Main draft report- Natura Impact Statement volume 1http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/6D49E0A7-D692-44A0-A6FF-BE8F016EE688/0/OREDPNIS01April2011Volume1MainReport.pdf

Natura Impact Statement- reduced size and figures, volume 2 http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/93776FE1-42F2-42CB-8FE4-71308F324B74/0/OREDPNIS29March2011Volume2Figures.pdf

Natura Impact Statement – appendices, volume 3http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/67A9B7AE-E69D-4D3B-92F7-B38DD04F2B36/0/OREDPNIS29March2011Volume3Appendices.pdf