Thursday, 24 September 2020
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Natural Gas Imports
67. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the implications of the upcoming policy statement on banning the importation of fracked gas on the planned LNG project by the Port of Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26218/20]
The Programme for Government recognises that as Ireland moves towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to develop LNG gas terminals importing fracked gas and, as stated, the Government does not support the importation of fracked gas. My Department is in the process of developing a policy statement to establish this approach, which on completion, I will bring to Government for approval. When approved by Government, it is intended that this policy will apply to any LNG facility in the State. The proposed project has been put forward by private developers and final investment decisions, including compliance with the legal and regulatory framework, are the responsibility of the project promoters.