In July 2001, the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources requested the Marine Licence Vetting Committee (MLVC) to examine all environmental aspects of the Corrib Gas Field development proposed by (then) Enterprise Energy Ireland Ltd. The MLVC is comprised of technical, scientific and engineering specialists.
The MLVC considered the environmental implications of the proposed Corrib Gas Field Development in the light of the applications for statutory permissions relevant to the (then) Department of the Marine and Natural Resources i.e. applications for Foreshore Licence, Approval of the Plan of Development and Pipeline Consent all of which entailed publication, for public consultation, of a two part EIS covering both the marine and land based elements of the project. The MLVC considered this two part EIS, the submissions received on foot of its publication, the responses by the intending developer to the submissions, the developer's responses to queries raised by the Committee and reports by both the Department's consultants (ERM) and the MLVC's own consultants (Posford Haskoning) on the EIS.
The report of the Marine Licence Vetting Committee was published in April 2002, to include both the ERM and Posford Haskoning reports.