Pursuant to section 3 of the Foreshore Act, 1933, as amended, the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources granted a Foreshore Licence on the 17 May 2002 to Enterprise Energy Ireland Ltd., Statoil Exploration (Ireland) Ltd. and Marathon International Petroleum Hibernia Ltd., in respect of the proposed Corrib Gas Field pipeline, umbilical, discharge pipeline and landfall to be located as per the map attached to the Licence.
Consent to activate this licence from the foreshore limit of 12 nautical miles at sea as far as the landfall at Glengad was issued by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 27 June 2008. This consent to partially activate the Foreshore Licence does not include any pipeline works in or around Sruwaddacon Bay.
The consent is in full compliance with mitigation measures and other requirements specified by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government with which this Department engaged in detailed consultation before issuing the consent. In addition the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has confirmed that an appropriate assessment has been carried out in respect of the area covered by this consent and is satisfied that, on the basis of the appropriate assessment, the proposed works, subject to specified mitigation measures being put in place, will not adversely affect the integrity of the area in question and are unlikely to have a significant or lasting impact on cetaceans.
On 4 February 2009, an application, accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement, was made to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) for a new or amended Foreshore Licence, details of which can be viewed on that Department's website.