Energy Minister Eamon Ryan TD has announced the commencement
of a four-week consultation period on the draft text of the
Petroleum Exploration and Extraction (Safety) Bill.
The Minister said - "Since 2006, the Commission for Energy
Regulation has held responsibility for the safety of processed
gas activity. The purpose of the proposed Bill is to extend
CER's safety remit to all upstream - or unprocessed - gas
and oil undertakings. This will strengthen the safety - both
onshore and offshore - of petroleum exploration activities,
including drilling, transmission and processing of untreated
gas and oil. The safety of the design and construction of
infrastructure as well as ongoing operational safety will
Minister Ryan continued - "The Bill will give effect to a
key finding of both the independent safety study carried out
by Advantica and the report by the Technical Advisory
Group (TAG), established in my Department to review and
monitor safety matters in relation to the Corrib project.
In the interests of quality regulation, I have decided to
publish the draft Bill which will give both the public and
industry the opportunity to present their views."
The four week consultation period commenced on 31 March and
closes on 28 April 2008.
The draft Heads of Bill are available on the website of the
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
for public comment - Click
For further information on the submission of proposals -