Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Petroleum and Gas Exploration
539. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of meetings that have taken place between his officials and representatives of oil and gas companies that have either invested in offshore drilling or wish to become involved in exploration and or extraction in territorial waters. [25515/19]
Effective regulation of petroleum activities requires oversight of work programmes proposed by applicants for, and holders of, petroleum authorisations. In that context my officials regularly meet with applicants and authorisation holders to invigilate proposed and existing work programmes, particularly from a technical and financial perspective, thus facilitating informed decision making. I have asked my officials to compile a list of recent meetings and to furnish same to the Deputy.