Section 3 – Details of the Petition
We request that the foreshore licence to Providence Resources to drill in Dublin Bay be revoked on the following basis:
Drilling will be too close to shore: This is unprecedented in Ireland. Best practise is 25 km, based on the Norwegian model. If there was an oil spill the whole bay could be contaminated for decades and oil could reach the coast within an hour. If there was a gas leak – safety procedures could involve evacuation along the most populated stretch of coast.
No benefits for the Irish economy: Current licensing agreements mean if Providence finds oil/gas they will pay 25% tax on profits which is one of the lowest tax takes on natural resources in the world. The tax write offs are so generous the effective tax rate will end being much lower than this. There is no obligation to guarantee supply or lower costs to Ireland. There is no guarantee of jobs for Irish people or that the oil will be refined in Ireland.
Special Conservation Area: Dublin Bay is home to a number of rare species of birds, mammals and fish. An oil spill would cause untold damage and destroy fishing.
Damage to Heritage and Tourism: If oil or gas is found it will mean the industrialization of one of the most beautiful and historically important sections of our coastline.
We further request a public inquiry into the whole issue:
The public consultation was inadequate in that public notices were only put in two Garda Stations in Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire. The issue of a drilling in Dublin Bay affects more than just the people of Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey.
The 350 submissions that were put in all call for a Public Inquiry
The issue of how our natural resources are managed is vitally important to the future of our economy and as such should be subject to a full public inquiry that includes all the people of Ireland.