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O'Dowd, Fergus

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


Written Answers - Prospecting Licences

I can inform the Deputy that my Department has not received applications for, nor licensed the use of hydraulic fracturing in the Irish onshore at this time. In February of last year my Department...More Button

Before the companies concerned could apply for an exploration licence and proceed to an exploration drilling phase, they must first complete the licensing option work programme agreed with my Depar...More Button

Any application for an exploration licence that proposed using hydraulic fracturing would be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). That assessment would include a Public Consultatio...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations

The Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act, 2010 makes provision for the safety of petroleum exploration and extraction (upstream) activities and associated infrastructure to be regulate...More Button

I understand that as part of its initial planning and scoping for the establishment of the new Safety Framework, the reports referenced by the Deputy were produced. These reports, i.e. Report on t...More Button

While the specifics on how unconventional gas exploration and extraction were not explicitly addressed in the above documents, neither were the specifics with regard to any other petroleum activity...More Button

The CER published its consultation paper on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework in August 2011, and hopes I understand, to publish its draft decision in this regard shortly.More Button

As exploration drilling and extraction are likely to be designated by CER as petroleum activities, unconventional gas exploration and extraction would fall to be regulated under the Petroleum Safet...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Inland Fisheries Ireland has sought funding from a number of agencies for the continuation of the control of the invasive pondweed in Lough Corrib as in previous years.More Button

To date, funding commitments have been received from the Office of Public Works, Galway County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland itself (IFI) and the Caisie — (Control of Aquatic Invasive Spe...More Button

Should all agencies continuing to support the programme to the same level as in 2011 it is proposed to continue it in 2012. In this regard, a response is awaited from Galway City Council to progre...More Button

Written Answers - Inland Fisheries

I can inform the Deputy that the opening and closing dates for lakes are fixed annually by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) on the basis of assessment of demand from anglers and resources to manage t...More Button

IFI seeks to ensure that the resource and opportunities are available to recreational and tourist anglers at peak times at a reasonable number of lakes.More Button

Over the years the demand in the early part of the season varies and is generally lower and hence resource management imperatives mean that all lakes do not open at the same time.More Button

IFI, while recognising that there is some off peak demand for the lakes in question, must, in common with all public sector bodies, operate responsibly within overall budgetary constraints. As par...More Button

IFI advise that Lough Fadda and Barfinnihy Lake are community managed trout lakes. They are run effectively as put and take fisheries (i.e. IFI stock the lakes prior to opening for fishing on a pay...More Button