Minister, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, yesterday January 29th, approved a gas exploration licence extension in
Corrib, County Mayo, at the huge Inishkea West field, which could see
new gas flowing at Corrib within 2 to 4 years.
The recently published Energy Security Strategy had ruled out
reopening the Irish offshore for new gas exploration, with Minister
Ryan presenting the red herring of a US LNG fracked gas import
terminal in Ireland to his Green Party supporters, NGOs, activists and
the general public as the only option he was proposing to ensure energy
security in Ireland
It is now even more clearly obvious that the Energy Security Strategy options
proposed by Minister Ryan are outdated and no longer fit for purpose
following his opening of the Irish Offshore. Minister Ryan's Energy
Strategy report had claimed that the long lead in times of up to 17
years to produce gas ruled out the Irish offshore as "an appropriate solution to address
All Minister Ryan seems to want to do is
to increase gas demand and gas supply at breakneck speeed. It is hard
to believe he has time to think about the public health, safety,
pollution and climate impacts of all the fossil fuel solutions he is
proposing at all!.
The full press release on the approval from Europa Oil & Gas
(Holdings) plc can be viewed here.
Safety Before LNG