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Public Consultation on an application for consent for a site survey at Barryroe, North Celtic Sea, South West Coast, Ireland proposed by Exola DAC who currently hold a standard exploration licence SEL 1/11

​An application for consent for a site survey at Barryroe, North Celtic Sea has been received by the Petroleum Affairs Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on 21st February 2019. The survey application has been received from Exola DAC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Providence Resources plc, within standard exploration licence SEL 1/11, granted by the Minister for Communications Climate Action and Environment pursuant to Section 8 of the Petroleum Act 1960. The public are invited to make submissions in relation to this application. Submissions can be sent to PADadmin@dccae.gov.ie.

This application was posted on the Department's website on 27 February 2019 and any submission received by close of business on 1 April 2019 will be considered by the Minister.


Update 18 April, 2019

Having regard to, inter alia, the requirements of the EIA Directives and the observations received further to consultations on the screening process, the Department considers that further information is required from the applicant so that an EIA screening assessment can be carried out.

Article 4(6) of EU Directive 2014/52/EU requires that a competent authority make a screening determination "as soon as possible and within a period of time not exceeding 90 days from the date on which the developer has submitted all the information required pursuant to paragraph 4".

The Department has requested that the applicant provide further information to enable a screening determination be made. The additional information received will be published on the Department website and further submissions invited to be made on the additional material. Any submissions will be taken into account in any final EIA Screening Determination made in respect of this application.


Update
1 May, 2019

On 1 May, 2019, a determination was made, following screening under the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 477 of 2011), as amended, that a Stage 2 Appropriate Assessment is required in respect of the Exola DAC Application (made on 21 February 2019) to conduct a site survey within the Barryroe licence area (SEL 1/11) situated in the Celtic Sea basin approximately 43 km south east of the closest coastline at Ballymacshoneen, Butlerstown North, County Cork on the south coast of Ireland, as it cannot be excluded on the basis of objective scientific information that the project, individually or in combination with other plans or projects, will have a significant effect on a European Site.

EXOLA DAC submitted a combined Appropriate Assessment Screening and Natura Impact Statement along with their application:

By further Notice dated 1 May, 2019 EXOLA DAC has been directed to provide additional information considered necessary for the purposes of carrying out the Stage 2 Appropriate Assessment of the application. 


Update 9 May, 2019

On 8 May, 2019 the applicant, as requested by the Department, provided additional information to the Department so that an EIA screening assessment can be carried out. This additional information has been published on the Department's website on 9 May, 2019:

An additional consultation period is being provided. The public are invited to make submissions in relation to the additional information, which submissions can be sent to PADadmin@dccae.gov.ie.

Any submission received by close of business on 23 May, 2019 will be considered by the Minister.


Update 16 May, 2019

The applicant, as requested by the Department, provided additional information to the Department so that an Appropriate Assessment can be carried out. This additional information has been published on the Department's website 16 May, 2019:

An additional consultation period is being provided. The public are invited to make submissions in relation to the additional information, which submissions can be sent to PADadmin@dccae.gov.ie.

Any submission received by close of business on 6 June, 2019 will be considered by the Minister.

Consultation Documents

 

 

EXOLA Barryroe AAScreening_NIS_Feb2019https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/18/consultations/EXOLA Barryroe AAScreening_NIS_Feb2019.pdfEXOLA Barryroe AAScreening_NIS_Feb201927/02/2019 00:00:00pdf2238970
EXOLA Barryroe Application To Conduct A Site Surveyhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/18/consultations/EXOLA Barryroe Application To Conduct A Site Survey.pdfEXOLA Barryroe Application To Conduct A Site Survey27/02/2019 00:00:00pdf512945
EXOLA Barryroe EIA Screening_Feb2019https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/18/consultations/EXOLA Barryroe EIA Screening_Feb2019.pdfEXOLA Barryroe EIA Screening_Feb201927/02/2019 00:00:00pdf1698626
EXOLA Barryroe Pre-Site Survey Fisheries Assessment_Feb 2019https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/18/consultations/EXOLA Barryroe Pre-Site Survey Fisheries Assessment_Feb 2019.pdfEXOLA Barryroe Pre-Site Survey Fisheries Assessment_Feb 201927/02/2019 00:00:00pdf1921383
EXOLA Barryroe Site Survey_Letter to DCCAEhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/18/consultations/EXOLA Barryroe Site Survey_Letter to DCCAE.pdfEXOLA Barryroe Site Survey_Letter to DCCAE27/02/2019 00:00:00pdf2251077

Consultation Submissions