21 days public notice and no right to any public enquiry to place an Oil Rig in our bay is not acceptable.
www.dublinbayconcern.ie/images/stories/DBC-Summary-Submissions.pdfApplication for an oil exploration license requires only 21 days notice to be given and placed in a public place… More...
Dublin Bay is in grave danger…
Dublin Bay Concern is a group of concerned ‘non political’ citizens who wish to voice their concern over the proposed drilling in Dublin Bay for Oil 6kms (4 miles) from our shore, by Providence Resources. We have created this web site to share crucial information, which we feel, needs to be discussed. We feel the issues around how we manage our natural resources affect all the people of Ireland both locally as well as nationally.
We are concerned for the following reasons -
Dublin Bay is a unique natural amenity for the people of Dublin. The vast range of activities including swimming, diving and fishing are placed at considerable risk with drilling for oil by Providence Resources 6km away from the coast in the Bay. We have an abundance of wildlife from dolphins to whales and many hundreds of fish species in Dublin Bay, which could be directly affected by the impact of drilling. Minister Phil Hogan has refused a public hearing. We would like to remind the Government that Dublin Bay is an amenity for all and that care and due process must prevail when considering oil exploration and extraction in this priceless bay.
"there will be jobs, loads of jobs….” This is a myth. Providence Resources is under no obligation to create Irish jobs under the licensing terms. Jobs will likely be filled by skilled workers from overseas while refining of oil will probably be carried out in the UK or Holland.
The ‘Irish Tax Take’ on Oil & Gas is one of the lowest in the world.Incredibly we do not own our oil once it is discovered and we accrue no royalties of any kind. Providence like other oil companies operating in Ireland can offset 100% of all costs against profits including all costs associated from all projects going back 25 years - -as well as subsequent decommissioning rig costs. The bottom line is we are likely to see little to no return from developing our hydrocarbon resources - a reality the oil companies work very hard to keep buried from the public. Our neighbours in the UK and Norway earn upwards of 50 / 70%. Ireland has an incredible opportunity to manage our resources responsibly bestowing proper benefit to the people of Ireland.
An application for an oil exploration license requires only 21 days notice and to be placed in a public location such as a Garda station. This clearly is insufficient notice given the nature of the operation and implications for the environment. Even basic domestic planning law requires 3 months notice for the most rudimentary of alterations to a home together with strict rules on placement of public notices. By contrast none of this is required to put an exploration oil rig in Dublin Bay. How the Government accepts this practice while at the same time denying public debate is unconscionable.