Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
ESB Networks: Discussion (Resumed)
Mr. Paddy Hayes:
Yes. What we have done is looked at the systematic reporting of leaks. We have talked to each of the local authorities and we have put a protocol in place. That is already in place and will be in operation looking forward. Equally, we have put a protocol in place that works with local authorities to look back at any areas of potential leakage or environmental damage. We do not believe that there was. Otherwise, we would have reported it immediately. We do not believe there was any environmental damage but we have put a protocol in place and we have already engaged external environmental specialists to work with us and to look back at any area where we had a significant leak to establish whether there was any environmental damage or if we were correct in saying there was not.