Protect Dublin Bay/ Dalkey Island/ Killiney Bay/ Wicklow Coast from Oil Drilling
  • Petitioned Simon Coveney

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Simon Coveney
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
Phil Hogan
Department of the Environment
Foreshore Unit

Protect Dublin Bay/ Dalkey Island/ Killiney Bay/ Wicklow Coast from Oil Drilling

    1. Protect Dublin Bay, Dalkey Island and Killiney Bay From Large Oil Drill 2012
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      Protect Dublin Bay, Dalkey Island and Killiney Bay From Large Oil Drill 2012

Pursuant to the Public Participation Directive (European Directive 2003/35/EC) I, the undersigned, hereby petition the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to refuse permission for a Standard Exploration License, File number: MS 51/4/541, sought by Providence Resources PLC., to conduct a site investigation and exploratory well drilling off the coast at Dublin and Wicklow, for one or all of the following reasons:

The public has been given a three week window to view and possibly object to the application. An independent assessment is vital in order to ameliorate the concerns of the public in several areas:  environmental,  economic, health and safety, and legal.

The proposed exploratory drill is the closest to land of the company's marine drills, and happens to be next to the highest and most densely populated region in the country. We understand that the applicant has done research and will do its best to avoid it, but in the event of a worst-case spill (which Providence say would have 1,000 tonnes of diesel heading towards the coastline from several kilometres away at 30 knots) the confined nature of Dublin Bay and the Liffey mean that the applicant may be unable to effectively contain the spillage in time, leading to environmental and human catastrophe.  The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management recommends that drills take place a minimum of 25km from shore, as 'any emissions in such areas means that the consequences are worse for the environment than if it happens elsewhere.' 

Further, as the waters of Dublin Bay and Dalkey Island have been designated as Special Protection Areas under EU regulations by the Ministry for the Environment, there are concerns about pollution from chemical effluent or diesel spillage from the drilling and the heavy traffic to and from. There is an abundance of wildlife attached to this area including several endangered species such as humpback and fin whales, and the sooty shearwater and razorbill avifaunae. Notwithstanding any spillage, there is in any case considerable toxic chemical effluent from offshore drills.

Providence Resources states that some species particular to this region are 'very vulnerable to oil pollution.' Spawning fish within the proposed well area include haddock, blue whiting, horse mackerel and cod. The waters of the area also act as a nursery ground for mackerel, squids, octopuses and cuttlefish. There is a moderate abundance of dolphins, porpoises, whales and seals which forage in the area. The harbour porpoise (HP) and bottlenose dolphins (BND), are both Annex II species (top conservation priority in EU),which include the nationally popular dolphins living off Killiney beach.  A major spill would destroy all marine life in this rich and sensitive area

Whilst recognising that I may use any or all of this information in separate legal action, I petition that it is incumbent on you as legislative protector of this land's people and other inhabitants, to not grant this application until comprehensive independent assessments have been finished, and can guarantee safety and comfort for the local people and wildlife.

I therefore call for a Public Enquiry under Section 9(3) of the Foreshore Act 1933.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Paul Scally DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 2 years ago

      I object to the construction of an ugly made made platform in a beautiful scenic location in such close proximity to the people of Dublin Coastal region of Dalkey and Killney. Also I object to because of the impact it would have on the wildllfe of the area and possible pollution of the bay.

    • Paul Clandillon DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 2 years ago

      Scenic Area unsurpassed for beauty anywhere on the East coast of Ireland.Marine Habiitat of many biodiverse species.Tourism spot for visiting Cruise liners and airborne tourists.

    • Camille Donegan DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 2 years ago

      How on earth a license to explore was ever granted for 6km off the coast is beyond comprehension. Has our government learnt nothing from its previous mistakes? Now is a time for nature and nurture, to re-group, come together and pick ourselves back up. A venture of this nature is horrifying on so many levels. On a personal note, one of my the few places I can escape the constant weight of our recession-related problems is when I walk up Killiney Hill or go for a swim in the sea. The Irish people need the beauty of the coastline. Our country's beauty is one of the main assets we have left, not to mention the effect it would have on tourism to the area (a popular hot-spot due to the beauty of the coastline, not to mention Bono's house!). That fact that it is even an option to drill or set up oil rigs just off Dalkey Island is incomprehensible to me. How could Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council grant that license? We need to stop being walk-overs as a populous - lets stand together and say NO WAY - YOU WILL NOT DO THIS TO OUR COASTLINE....Our opinion matters....

    • Karen Smith HEUVELTON, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Don't destroy the beauty of my stomping ground with your lust for oil.

    • Lorna Lafferty DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 2 years ago

      I live in Glenageary about 5 mins from Dalkey! Would not like to see the local environment destroyed!


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