The Secretary,

Petroleum Affairs Division of the Department of Communications,

Energy and Natural Resources.

Elm House, Earlsvale Rd., Cavan

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29 July, 2011

 

Request under access to information on the environment legislation (Directive 2003/4/EC) and its implementing Statutory Instrument No 133 of 2007

 

Onshore Petroleum Licensing over the Northwest Carboniferous Basin and the Clare Basin

 




 

Dear Sirs;

 

1. General Issues

 

1.1 We note from your website that you make no mention of the above legislation, which ensures access to information on the environment and which unlike Freedom of Information legislation requires no fee. We would be grateful if you made information on this legislation available on your website without further delay. A fee is a barrier to access to information on the environment which is not permitted under Irish law. Please confirm to us that you will address this issue.

 

1.2 We note that you have not posted any details of request under Freedom of Information since November, 2010 as you are required to do. Please confirm to us that will address this issue.

 

1.3 We note that the links to ‘Access to data' and ‘Clarification Requests' given on your Onshore Petroleum Licensing over the Northwest Carboniferous Basin and the Clare Basin ‘Announcement' give ‘server not found'. Please confirm to us that will address this issue.

 

1.4 We are unable to access data in relation to our request on your search facility under Licensing Options for the subject of this request. Please confirm to us that will address this issue.


2. Our Request

 

2.1 We are seeking details of the environmental impact of the Onshore Petroleum Licensing Options over the Northwest Carboniferous Basin and Clare Basin which you have agreed to with Tamboran Resources PTY Ltd,  Enegi Oil Plc, and the Lough Allen Natural Gas Company Ltd.

 

In this regard, we draw your attention to but do not limit our request to section 5.2 (e), and Section 10.2, (k) of the Notice of Competition, (duplicated) requests for the applicants statements on the environment.

 

 

2.2 We are seeking details of any assessment made by your Department or by anyone employed by your Department, either directly or through consultancies or by any other method, of the environmental impact the Onshore Petroleum Licensing Options over the Northwest Carboniferous Basin and Clare Basin which you have agreed to with Tamboran Resources PTY Ltd,  Enegi Oil Plc, and the Lough Allen Natural Gas Company Ltd.

 

We do not seek any financial details and our request is limited solely to environmental issues.

 

Bother of these requests seek any records that you hold which include inter allia reports, minutes of meetings, emails, both internal within your Department and with any other Government Department, and any other records in any format. When possible, we request these records in electronic format.

 

We would be grateful for an acknowledgement of this request.

 

Yours, etc.,

 

Tony Lowes

 

 

 

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