Could this stop the oil and gas industry?
Tony McLoughlin, Fine Gael T.D., has put forward an amendment to the Petroleum and Minerals Act that, though outwardly simple, could effectively ban any further on-shore exploration or extraction of oil or gas from rock or coal in the Republic of Ireland.
“Notwithstanding the provisions of any other Act of the Oireachtas no Minister, Agency,
Planning Authority or Body acting on behalf of the State shall grant an authorisation and/
or grant of any consent, licence, permit, lease or undertaking for the exploration or
extraction of petroleum from shale rock, tight sands or coal seams in the Irish onshore
and Ireland’s internal waters.”
There’s a long road ahead for this Bill. It must be debated in the Dáil (probably in the autumn), go to Committee stage, come back to the Dáil, etc. So, this will not be enacted in the near future. However, it does constitute a very significant way forward for the campaign against fracking.
NOW THE LOBBYING MUST START!