The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr.
Eamonn Ryan, T.D., wished to initiate a public consultation concerning
the draft Heads of the Petroleum Exploration and Extraction (Safety)
The Draft Heads of Bill which propose to confer
statutory responsibility for the safety of petroleum exploration and
production on the Commission for Energy Regulation (‘CER’) will
implement a key finding of safety studies carried out in relation to
the Corrib Development.
The draft Heads of Bill provide that the CER will regulate petroleum
exploration and extraction activities with respect to public safety and
will be required to establish a safety framework for this purpose. The
statutory structure to underpin this process is also set out in the
Heads of Bill.