“No onshore operations can go ahead”

Fracking rig
Talamh, a group from Knockvicar, Boyle who aim to protect our natural wealth, have stated that “in the absence of legislation which complies with COMAH no onshore operations can lawfully go ahead.”

Talamh, a group from Knockvicar, Boyle who aim to protect our natural wealth, have stated that “in the absence of legislation which complies with COMAH no onshore operations can lawfully go ahead.”

The group, chaired by Andrew King, say they “have brought to light that the latest round of Public Consultation by the Commission for Energy Regulation [CER]1 reveals a gaping hole in the Safety Regulator’s primary legislation, where it is not compliant with Irish and EU Regulations to provide for onshore safety in relation to the people who live and work near industries which use dangerous substances, including those associated with Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction.”

According to the group the latest consultation round should “have dealt with the local community’s right to know exactly how dangerous the processes are” and to be provided with all the information on safety measures and emergency plans in the event of an accident.

They say the CER have only asked us to discuss their proposals to restrict the information which will be made public, and omits any reference to informing the local community of its right to know.

Talamh say the approach by CER “throws into serious doubt whether the primary legislation - the Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act, 2010 - was ever intended to be or can be safely used to regulate activities onshore.

The Knockvicar based group have informed CER of their information and say “The reality is that in the absence of legislation which complies with COMAH no onshore operations can lawfully go ahead.”