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McHugh, Joe

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Alternative Energy Projects

I acknowledge the Deputy's consistent approach to this matter which he is keeping live. I also acknowledge the work done by him and his constituency colleagues, Deputy Tony McLoughlin and Senator ...More Button

No doubt we will get into the Deputy's last question in a supplementary reply, but, first, I wish to respond to his initial question. I understand the contract for the unconventional gas explora...More Button

The evaluation panel found that the tender led by CDM Smith Ireland Limited provided the best response and a contract was awarded to the consortium in August 2014. The consortium includes commer...More Button

The project team was expected to include members with a comprehensive understanding of geology and hydrology, as well as an in-depth knowledge of a range of legal, environmental, health, socio-ec...More Button

I am aware that there has been some comment on the fact that, internationally, CDM Smith has provided expert advice for oil companies involved in the development of unconventional gas resources. ...More Button

Ireland is a small country.More Button

This is a small island and I am on the record as having expressed my own reservations about this industry. It is also important to point out that this work was initiated in 2011 by the previous Mi...More Button

No; this is important, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. It is important to point out that that is not going to happen within the timeframe set. As the tendering process for the second phase of the resear...More Button

It was not envisaged and was not part of the original plan, but I will ask the steering committee to produce at an early date interim findings on the significant body of work done. No decision wil...More Button

Alternative Energy Projects (Continued)

TTIP will involve the European Union and the United States, so that is a wider question. Sticking to this question and this issue, making that presentation to the Joint Committee on Transport and ...More Button

All I am saying is that we are asking the steering committee to produce the findings of its significant work. Nothing will happen until that is achieved.More Button

Hydraulic Fracturing Policy (Continued)

It is important to emphasise that the EPA is independent of the Government. Instead of reading out the formal response I will take up the point made by Deputy Clare Daly. A decision was taken in ...More Button

Queen's University is still involved in a reviewing capacity but it was not able to commit to the original proposition for funding reasons. It is important to point out that the information is gar...More Button

A body of evidence is available from the information that has been garnered that will address my initial fears. When I got this post on the very first day I was answering a question asked by Dep...More Button

Let us be clear, this is a significant piece of work that will be completed by the end of January. It will cover areas such as those mentioned by Deputy Clare Daly, namely, groundwater, surface wa...More Button

As someone who lives in the north west and has plenty of contacts in south Donegal and Leitrim I have my own personal fears and concerns about the process. We are a small island with plenty of o...More Button

Hydraulic Fracturing Policy

As the Deputy may be aware, the EPA has commissioned a research programme into the potential impacts of unconventional gas exploration and extraction on the environment and human health. This all-...More Button

This scientific research programme considers existing baseline data with respect to groundwater, air and seismicity, and the potential implications and mitigations that are required to be conside...More Button

As I have stated on a number of occasions, and I would like to once again confirm, no application to engage in such exploration and extraction has been received in my Department, nor would any su...More Button

On the Paris summit, which the Deputy raised, any policy decision will be taken in the context of the objective of achieving a low carbon energy system by 2050.More Button

No applications have been submitted and even if they were, they would not be accepted because it is clear fracking is not allowed. I want to give the steering committee time and space to consider ...More Button

The company was selected independently and the EPA dealt with that at the joint committee meeting.More Button

Hydraulic Fracturing

As the Deputy will be aware, the EPA has commissioned a research programme into the potential impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction on the environment and human health. It shoul...More Button

In this regard, the Tender Documents refer specifically to potential health impacts deriving from impacts on environmental media, including exposure to chemicals, vibration, light, noise, and the...More Button

This all-island research programme will also specifically consider the potential role of Health Impact Assessment in the regulation of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction projects and o...More Button

However, I would like to stress that any requirement for Health Impact Assessment into Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction would only arise if an application to carry out a development ...More Button

As I have advised previously, no application to engage in Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction has been received in my Department, nor would any such application, if submitted, be consid...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the EPA has commissioned a research programme into the potential impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) on the environment and human health. It...More Button

In this regard, the Tender Documents refer specifically to potential health impacts arising from impacts on environmental media, including exposure to chemicals, vibration, light, noise, and the ...More Button

The research programme will also specifically consider the potential role of Health Impact Assessment in the regulation of UGEE projects and operations, based on the experience in other countries...More Button

However, I would like to stress that the requirement for Health Impact Assessment into UGEE, or otherwise, would only arise if an application to carry out a development proposing the use of this ...More Button

As I have advised previously, no application to engage in UGEE has been received in my Department, nor would any such application, if submitted, be considered until the research programme has con...More Button

As I have advised previously, the all-island Joint Research Programme (JRP) which is being administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-funded by the EPA, my Department and the ...More Button

It is anticipated that the outcomes of this research programme will be published once the Steering Group, appointed to manage this programme, makes its recommendation.More Button

There has been good progress made on the programme to date which is evident from the updates published by the EPA on its website. More Button

I would like once again to confirm that no application to engage in UGEE has been received in my Department, nor would any such application, if submitted, be considered until the research program...More Button

The multi-agency trans-boundary programme of research on the potential impacts on the environment and human health from Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction projects is administered by the...More Button

The research programme is broad in its scope, covering several environmental parameters, as well as operational practice and regulatory approaches around the world. The Terms of Reference for thi...More Button

I understand that the contract for this programme of research was awarded following a robust evaluation process in compliance with public procurement guidelines, where the tender submitted by the...More Button

The programme of research will assist regulators, both North and South, in making informed decisions about hydraulic fracturing and I believe that we should await the outcome of this research. An...More Button

The multi-agency trans-boundary programme of research on the potential impacts on the environment and human health from Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) projects is administered...More Button

As is usual in major projects such as this, the project team involves a wide range of expert institutions and companies. CDM Smith is the lead consultant in the consortium engaged to carry out th...More Button

I am aware that there has been some comment on the fact that internationally, CDM Smith has provided expert advice to oil companies involved in the development of unconventional gas resources. I ...More Button

I can also confirm that Queens University Belfast (QUB) was initially participating as part of the Research Consortium. Due to a change in resources available in QUB, the tasks allocated to QUB w...More Button

The programme of research will assist regulators, both North and South, in making informed decisions about hydraulic fracturing and I believe we should await the outcome of the research. Any poli...More Button

Petroleum and Gas Exploration

I have stated previously that it is a matter for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to determine whether or not to grant a Petroleum Prospecting Licence when an applicati...More Button

Gas Exploration Licences

I refer to the reply to Question No. 600 of 1 December 2015. The position is unchanged.More Button

Exploration Licences Data

The following table outlines the exploration licences issued by my Department over the past ten years. Details of all authorisations granted by my Department are published on my Department's websit...More Button

Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration

I am advised that pays scales and a staff structure at Údarás na Gaeltachta were originally agreed between management and the unions and implemented in October 2000. I understand that a request for...More Button