Launch of Committee report on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

Andrew Doyle TD
Wicklow/East Carlow

Oireachtas Committee: Oil and Gas Industry Report Published; Chairman Andrew Doyle recommends proposed changes to planning and tax take

The Report on Oil and Gas Exploration by the All-Party Oireachtas Natural Resources Committee was launched by Chairman Andrew Doyle, TD today in Leinster House.

This report is a significant step in the development of a better approach to managing oil and gas resources of Ireland, said Andrew Doyle. “It was prepared by members of all political parties, after listening to the stakeholders involved, to set the course for a more inclusive state management system which will ensure the maximum benefits to the nation while protecting the environment for the future. The key points were:

  • The need for a transparent, simple and integrated planning system for oil and gas exploration and extraction.
  • The importance of community consultation from the beginning of the process and community dividends.
  • The benefits of international consultation for best practice management at all stages.

Andrew Doyle added “I am very pleased to present this All-Party Report, with specific recommendations for change in the way oil and gas exploration and extraction are managed in Ireland, for the Minister to consider in Cabinet. It is the Committee’s hope that this Report will be the foundation for a national strategy on the management of oil and gas industries in Ireland.”

Click here for a copy of the report.