AIE Disclosure Log 2020

2020 List of non-personal Access to Information on the Environment Requests


 

AIE No.RequesterDate and Details of RequestDecisionDate Released
​AIE202025​Business/Interest Group

​28 August 2020

A copy of the email (with attachments) sent to Mark Griffin and Matthew Collins by MKC Communications about Natural Gas and energy security. The email is disclosed on the lobbying register - https://www.lobbying.ie/return/59441/mkc-communications

​AIE202024​Member of the Public

​20 August 2020

1. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) last met in Brazil in 2018 and is due to meet again in Slovenia in 2021. Ireland is a Member State of the IWC. The IWC allows Whale Catches to be carried out by certain Aboriginal and Eskimo Communities for Nutritional and Cultural purposes. This is known as Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (ASW).  Member States are asked to vote at the IWC Conference on whether to either continue with this allowance,
increase the allowance, decrease the allowance, or stopping it completely.

I understand that Ireland votes at the IWC to maintain ASW. Is this true? If yes will this be Irelands voting position on ASW at the next IWC conference in 2021, and for the foreseeable future?

2. I understand that all EU States which would include Ireland vote to maintain ASW as a block vote. Is this true? If yes, does the EU/European Commission Direct all member states and Ireland specifically to vote to maintain ASW or is this left to the discretion of each individual member state? Will this policy continue for the foreseeable future?

3. Please provide me with the most recent documents from the EU/European Commission to Ireland that either instruct, direct or advise-whichever the case may be, the Government/State of Ireland to vote at the IWC on the specific issue of ASW in the way the EU/European Commission choose/wish its Member States to vote on this issue. The documents concerned should also provide the EU/European Commission contact details of the specific office within the EU/European Commission including email addresses that deal specifically with the matters I have raised here.

​Transferred​20 August 2020
​AIE202023​Member of the Public

17 August 2020

1. Survey mapping carried out by the Geological Survey of Ireland.
2. Cable route surveys and cable laying in the Irish EEZ outside the 12 mile limit.​

​AIE202022​Member of the Public

​19 August 2020

I would like a copy of any documentation regarding spectators at sporting events causing the spread of covid-19

I would like a copy of all documentation you have showing 50 people at a wedding inside, are the same or lower risk than 16 people outside training at a socially distant spacing.

I would like a copy of all documentation you hold showing people drinking in pubs is a lower risk than 16 people training for athletics outside.

I would like a copy of all documentation you hold showing letting the meat factories continue to operate is a lower risk than 16 people training for athletics outside.

I would like a copy of all the documentation you hold showing that the system of direct provision the govt implements is safer than 16 people training for athletics outside.

I would like a copy of all the documentation you hold showing that the system the HSA has for inspecting workplaces to see they are safe.

I would like a copy of all the documentation you hold showing the spread of covid "in sports clubs"[1]

I would like a copy of all the documentation you hold showing the spread of covid by people taking part in sport, but the participants being outside sports clubs.

I would like a copy of all documentation you hold showing that horse racing is safer than athletes below the elite level training in groups of 16 outdoors.

I would like a copy of all documentation you have showing that paying people to take part in sport is safer than people voluntarily taking part in sport.[2]

​AIE202021​Business/Interest Group

​19 August 2020

All records of communications with Predator Oil & Gas Holdings Plc, its subsidiaries and other parties, regarding Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FRSUs).

​AIE202020​Member of the Public​17 August 2020

3. Oil and Gas work offshore administered by PAD.

​AIE202019​Member of the Public

17 August 2020

Access to MMO recording forms under Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) specifically the excel spreadsheets for the seismic survey carried out in 2011 by PGS on behalf of San Leon Energy in the Porcupine Seabight.

​AIE202018​Member of the Public

​13 August 2020

Request access to MMO recording forms under Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) for the following works.

1. The seismic survey carried out in 2011 by PGS on behalf of San Leon Energy in the Porcupine Seabight.

2. All works carried out in the Corrib by Shell and now Vermilion since inception of NPWS guidelines in 2007.

Since 2007 MMO records have been recorded on to excel spreadsheets and standard formats were required for these and required under licencing to be submitted within 30 days of each project completion.

Additionally under this request I would also need to know who is tasked with reviewing MMO data and standards for offshore work currently administered by DCCAE and specifically this is:

1. Survey mapping carried out by the Geological Survey of Ireland.

2. Cable route surveys and cable laying in the Irish EEZ outside the 12 mile limit.

3. Oil and Gas work offshore administered by PAD.

On 13/08/2020 the request was refined to:

Please just confine the AIE request to the San Leon Energy job in 2011 where I really need excel spreadsheets. The Corrib data appears to be in pdf format largely and fairly unusable as such.

​AIE202017​Business/Interest Group​10 August 2020

A copy of the Ministerial brief 2020

​AIE202016​Business/Interest Group​07 August 2020

Access to MMO recording forms under Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) for the following works.

1. The seismic survey carried out in 2011 by PGS on behalf of San Leon Energy in the Porcupine Seabight.

2. All works carried out in the Corrib by Shell and now Vermilion since inception of NPWS guidelines in 2007.

Since 2007 MMO records have been recorded on to excel spreadsheets and standard formats were required for these and required under licencing to be submitted within 30 days of each project completion. 

Additionally under this request I would also need to know who is tasked with reviewing MMO data and standards for offshore work currently administered by DCCAE and specifically this is:

1. Survey mapping carried out by the Geological Survey of Ireland.

2. Cable route surveys and cable laying in the Irish EEZ outside the 12 mile limit.

3. Oil and Gas work offshore administered by PAD.

​AIE202015​Journalist​27 July 2020

The most recent draft of the proposed new guidelines on the application of the AIE Regulations

​AIE202014​Business/Interest Group​14 July 2020

Access to information request concerning the transposition by your Member State of Directives  (EU) 2018/850, (EU) 2018/851, (EU) 2018/852 and (EU) 2019/904.

​AIE202013​Journalist​06 July 2020

Request under the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) regulations in relation to renewable energy in Ireland:

1. Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) (from 1 January 2018-Present)

a. A copy of the 2018 assessment of micro-generation as part of the economic analysis to underpin the RESS

2. Better Energy Warmer Home - European Union Court of Auditors report in May 2020  (from 1 July 2019- Present)

a. All meeting minutes in relation to the review of projects for households renovated in 2014-2018

b. Reports, memos and/or letter sent to/from Court of Auditors and/or the European Commission in relation to the review and/or reliability of data provided

c. A copy of review reports for the years 2014 through 2019

3. Microgeneration Support Scheme Bill 2017 (Bill 155 )  (from 1 December 2017 - 1 January 2020)

a.  Any briefing documents, letters, ministerial memos and/or analysis documents in relation to the Bill

       4. Settlement Mechanism for microgeneration exports (from 1 January 2014-Present)

a. All non-technical reports and progress reports on a Settlement Mechanism or settlement solution for microgeneration, including for aggregators and renewable energy communities

b. All memos, letters, non-technical briefing documents and minutes of meetings with either/or ESB Networks and the CRU (or under former name of CER) regarding Settlement Mechanism for microgeneration, including for aggregators and renewable energy communities

c. All memos, letters, non-technical briefing documents and minutes of meetings with either/or ESB Networks and the CRU regarding an interim settlement solution to facilitate microgeneration support by June 2021 as per the Climate Action Plan 

In all cases of requests for correspondence and meeting minutes, please also include attached documents and/or documents referenced that are not already publicly available.

​AIE202012​Journalist​29 June 2020

In relation to renewable energy, solar PV and microgeneration in Ireland:

1.     Climate Action Plan (from 1 January 2019-Present)

a.     All internal reports, meeting agendas and minutes, and/or internal correspondence in relation to the review of the current exemptions relating to solar panels as provided for in the Planning and Development Regulations

b.     Any assessment and/or reports, meeting agendas and minutes, and/or internal correspondence in relation to an assessment of possible support mechanisms for microgeneration/renewable self-consumption to be delivered by Q1 2020

2.     Microgeneration Working Group (from 1 January 2019-Present)

a.     A copy of all meeting agendas and minutes

b.     A copy of all meeting agendas and minutes and/or correspondence with Working Group members in relation to the Terms of Reference

3.     Small and Micro Scale Generation Pilot Programme (from 1 January 2009-Present)

a.     A copy of any reports, internal briefings, memos, and/or meeting agendas and minutes in which results from the monitoring programme(s) per year are discussed

b.     All reports on the pilot programme and/or memos in relation to the results and/or completion of the pilot programme and/or the decision-making process to end/discontinue the programme

In all cases of requests for correspondence and meetings, please also include attached documents and/or documents referenced that are not already publicly available.

​AIE202011​Journalist​15 June 2020

Documents and records held by the department related to climate action policy in the programme for Government 2020 under AIE.

​AIE202010​Business/Interest Group

​07 May 2020

Request information under the provisions of EU Directive 2003/4/EC "Access to Environmental Information", ("The AIE Directive"); and SI 133/2007 European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007, as amended, relating to Ireland's implementation of the AIE Directive. We are seeking the following records from the 2013 to 2016 period with regard to schemes covered in the Court of Auditors report:

 1. Relevant decision making by responsible Ministers;  

 2. Advice from senior personnel in the Department of Energy;

  3. Advice from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

​AIE20209​Member of the Public​30 April 2020

Information is being sought in relation to the 5G mast erected at the end of Nun's Walk, Killester, Dublin 5 on the site of the Abbeyfield Sports Ground.

The information being sought is Environmental Information as defined under Article 3.1 of the European Communities Regulations as:

a) The state of the elements of the environment such as landsape and the natural environment

1. What Environmental Impact Statement was carried out prior to the erection of the mast, and was due consideration made in this statement to the negative impact on the natural environment and landscape? Please direct me to where this EIS was published or send me a copy.

b) Factors such as radiation

1. What consideration, testing or research was carried out in relation to any potentially damaging impact on human health from radiation or any such emissions from such a large mast in close proximity to many houses and an extensive apartment complex.

c) Measures such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b)

 

1. Which policies and legislation govern the implementation of the 5G network in Ireland and Europe.

2. Where were plans for this particular mast published. Please forward a copy of the planning proposal as well as details of any objections.

3. For what reasons was planning sought at this site, why was it deemed a suitable location and on what grounds or conditions did it gain approval and was this approval provided by Dublin City Council or other

4. Was payment received by any party in relation to approval of the application or use of the site. Was Abbeyfield in receipt of payment for use of their property?

​AIE20208​Journalist​09 April 2020

The most recent draft of the proposed new guidelines on the application of the AIE Regulations

​AIE20207​Journalist

​05 March 2020

Copies of all records held relating/referring to the issue of illegal dumping at a green space between the R139 road and a residential area in Moatview, Darndale. This request to cover the period 1 July 2019 to date of receipt of the request.

​AIE20206​Journalist

​26 February 2020

The following information related to the Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD) for the period 9 February 2017 – 25 February 2020 (unless otherwise stated):
1. All MSc Scholarships in Petroleum-Related Courses offered under the Petroleum Infrastructure Programme - Expanded Offshore Support Group Fund (PIP – EOSG), broken down by Individual scholarship to include:
• Year offered;
• Course Title;
• Financial support provided
2. All Undergraduate, Masters, PhD and Post-Doctorate Scholarships offered under PIP – EOSG, broken down by Individual scholarship to include:
• Year offered;
• Type of Study (Undergraduate, Masters, PhD and Post-Doctorate);
• Area of Study (e.g. Petroleum-Related; Renewables; Climate or Environmental Studies; etc.)
• Course Title;
• Financial support provided
3. Financial support received for PIP – EOSG, broken down by individual case, to include:
• Company / Organisation;
• Programme (PIP; PIP - EOSG);
• Year offered;
• Financial support received
4. Any internal PAD non-technical reports, memos and briefing documents in relation to the banning / possible banning of oil and/or gas exploration in Irish waters to cover the period 1 August 2019 - Present
5. All correspondence, non-technical reports, meeting minutes and briefing documents of the Irish Shelf Petroleum Study Group (including sub-committees and secretariat) in relation to the banning / possible banning of oil and/or gas exploration in Irish waters to cover the period 1 August 2019 - Present

​AIE20205​Oireachtas / Public Representative

​17 February 2020

All correspondence and documents whether drafts, notes, letters, emails, minutes or otherwise, generated in the production of the Climate Action Plan 2019 between - the Department of Climate Action, Communications and the Environment and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform relating to the financing, costings and economic analysis (including, but not limited to, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Capital Budgeting, Cost - Effectiveness Analysis, Social Return on Investment, measures  relating to socio-economic justice)
- the Department of Climate Action, Communications and the Environment and the Department of Finance relating to the financing, costings and economic analysis (including, but not limited to, Cost - Benefit Analysis, Capital Budgeting, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Social Return on Investment, measures relating to socio-economic justice)

​AIE20204​Member of the Public

​12 February 2020

All correspondence with any of the following, Wicklow County Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the European Commission between 01 January 2019 and 01 January 2020 relating to the unlawful and botched remediation of the Whitestown illegal landfill by Wicklow County Council during 2012 to 2015.

​AIE20203​Member of the Public

​11 February 2020

1. "All documentation held by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment(DCCAE), or for the DCCAE (or its predecessor department or by an agency/authority acting under its remit), which was used to support and/or justify the decision to propose Knocksink Wood (now Knocksink SAC site code 000725), in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, as a site that was eligible for designation as a habitat under the annexes of the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43 EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild flora and fauna, as amended)

2. All documentation held by the DCCAE, or any agency or authority acting under its remit, relating to the decision by the European Commission in agreement with the DCCAE / Irish Government to adopt Knocksink Wood as a site to be listed on the draft list of sites of Community importance under the Heritage directive."

​Transferred​12 February 2020
​AIE20202​Journalist

​21 Janaury 2020

Request the release of details of all flights taken by staff at the Department between 1 January and 31 December 2018, as well as 1 January and 31 December 2019, specifically:
• Each different flight paid for by the Department in each year
• The location each flight travelled to

AIE20201​Member of the Public

​15 January 2020

The files, memos, notes, and internal and external emails from 2018 on for the proposed CHP plant proposed by Mayo Renewable Limited for Killala, County Mayo. This request specifically includes all communications from Mayo Renewable Power and from the Commissioner for Utilities Regulator.