Committee fails to move Bill banning oil and gas exploration off the coast

Minister says legislation clashes with key aims of State’s energy policy – sustainability, security of supply and affordability

 A well production test at the Corrib field off the Mayo coast. The committee heard  the  field supplies 50%  of the country’s gas needs, but will  be exhausted in 2025

A well production test at the Corrib field off the Mayo coast. The committee heard the field supplies 50% of the country’s gas needs, but will be exhausted in 2025

Legislation to ban oil and gas exploration off the Republic’s coast stalled on Tuesday after an Oireachtas committee failed to vote in favour of moving it to the next stage.

The Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment was expected to back moving a Bill banning offshore exploration to the Oireachtas when it met on Tuesday. However, members split 50/50 on the proposal, meaning that the move failed and the committee will have to reconsider the issue in the new year.

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