Apologize for mineral companies as the government tries to delay the end of the drill

  • Apologize for mineral companies as the government tries to delay the end of the drill
    Independent.t. E.
    The government apologized to Ireland minerals extraction industry as new details emerged of the legislation that stopped new drilling.
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The government apologized to Ireland minerals extraction industry as new details emerged of the legislation that stopped new drilling.

The Department of communications, climate change and the environment (DCCAE) said it recognized the “significant impact” question in our industry.

The problem stems from fresh legal advice that a part of the European legislation concerning the assessment of environmental impact (EIA), in fact cover exploratory drilling, where previously, the Department considered drilling operations were not covered.

The effect of this was to remove from the Department the ability to authorize the appropriate drilling projects causing delays to programs.

The Department is racing to restore its energy, to ensure the resolution, stating that this work was given the “highest priority” in its exploration and production division.

At the same time, the company was told that they have to go through the standard planning process with the participation of district councils and/or an Bord Pleanála under the planning and development acts 2000-2018. The letter issued by the DCCAE says: “subject to the legal and policy assertion, the goal is that the EIA process for the exploratory deep drilling for minerals will be fully included in the scope DCCAE and removed from the Planning and development legislation”.

The Department needs to amend the laws of Ireland, to be able to permit projects.

“This is a complex area and it will probably take several months before it can be transposed and operational. We understand that this has a significant impact on the industry,” the letter, written by a senior official in the Department, writes.

“At the same time, I would like to emphasize that the Department continues to explore all available legal mechanisms to address these issues in both long and short term. We apologize for the delay in clarifying the situation, but we are exploring possible options and find that the situation as set out above.”

The problem is a concern in the exploration sector as delay in projects that tend to push up prices. The Department stated that until the law is changed, companies can apply to the local authority a statement saying that the assessment of environmental impacts is not required.

Here in the mining sector has seen significant growth in recent years.

Exploration of zinc is particularly interesting sector – a global giant Glencore having reactivated its exploration work on the project in Pallasgreen in Limerick.

Ireland was a major exporter of zinc for many years, with the help of Tara mines in Navan in County Meath.

This project is managed by Swedish firm boliden.

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