Other infrastructural projects may also be illegal

July 13, 2007 at 9:40 am | Posted in Statements | Leave a comment

The Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, is today meeting with EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas regarding Ireland’s failure to transpose EU Environmental Impact Directives into Irish law. As a result of this failure, questions have arisen about the legality of the Tara M3 road project.  

However, these legal concerns are also relevant to other large infrastructural projects, most notably the Corrib gas project in Mayo. Shell’s proposed re-routing of its production pipeline has meant that the cumulative environmental impact of the project is now unknown. The consequence is that the original Environmental Impact Assessment is inadequate and out-dated. Furthermore, the division of the project into separate components for environmental assessment purposes is contrary to the Directive and is an example of ‘project-splitting’ – also illegal under EU law.  

It is imperative that Irish law be brought into line with the EU Directives immediately and that the government exercises its responsibility in this regard.   

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