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June 2011

Blackpool Shale Gas drilling suspended after quake

By: 
BBC News

Shale gas test drilling in Lancashire has been suspended following an earthquake on the Fylde coast.

Cuadrilla, the firm behind the tests, said drilling had been suspended as a precaution after the 1.5 magnitude tremor - the second in two months.

It will now examine the data collected by the British Geological Survey (BGS) before deciding whether to resume.

A tremor centred on Poulton-le-Fylde on 1 April shared a "similar location and mechanism", the BSG said.

Posted Date: 
6 June 2011

Corrib gas group concerned over Minister's remarks

By: 
Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

THE NORTH Mayo community group Pobal Chill Chomáin has requested an urgent meeting with Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte following his comments about the Corrib gas project this week.

Posted Date: 
4 June 2011

Rabbitte: Shell protest not in Irish interest

See the Six One News clip here: http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0601/gas.html#video

The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources has said that the increased price of gas is an argument for proceeding with the Corrib gas project as soon as possible.

Pat Rabbitte said that 15 new applications for offshore licences have been received and it was important to get activity going.

Posted Date: 
2 June 2011

Rabbitte 'clueless' about terms for oil and gas licensing

News Release - Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea - Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Corrib will be sold to Irish consumers at the international market rate

Pat Rabbitte has revealed a stunning lack of knowledge about Ireland’s oil and gas licensing terms. Speaking on Morning Ireland on Wednesday morning (June 1st), the new Minister for Energy and Natural Resources said the increased price of gas was an argument for proceeding with the Corrib gas project as soon as possible.

Rabbitte urges action on gas project

By: 
RTE News

The Minister for Energy & Natural Resources has said the increased price of gas is an argument for proceeding with the Corrib gas project as soon as possible.

The Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources has said the increased price of gas is an argument for proceeding with the Corrib gas project as soon as possible.

Pat Rabbitte said that 15 new applications for offshore licences have been received and it was important to get activity going.

Posted Date: 
1 June 2011

Minister to reveal interest from oil and gas exploration firms

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

The State’s success rate in generating more oil and gas exploration activity in Irish waters will be outlined by Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte today at a conference in Dublin.

The Irish Offshore Operators’ Association says it is optimistic about the new licensing round initiated by the previous government for the entire Atlantic margin. Mr Rabbitte is due to outline the response from exploration interests at an Energy Ireland conference this morning.

Posted Date: 
1 June 2011

Energy finds 'essential' for economy

By: 
David Molloy - Irish Times

The completion of the Corrib gas pipeline and the award of future offshore drilling licenses are important for Ireland’s future, Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has said.

Mr Rabbitte said the information available on the probability of future gas finds was “very encouraging”.

He was speaking ahead of an Energy Ireland conference in Dublin today, at which he will outline the applications received from oil and gas exploration companies interested in Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

Posted Date: 
1 June 2011

Cover story: At the heart of economic recovery – Pat Rabbitte

By: 
Eolas Magazine

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte tells Owen McQuade about his energy priorities and plans to get people back to work and “wave goodbye to the ECB.”

Pat Rabbitte was not a reluctant Energy Minister, but was surprised to have been allocated the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources portfolio because that was the only department he hasn’t been involved in throughout his 22 years as a TD.

Posted Date: 
1 June 2011

Court to fast-track Corrib challenges

By: 
Irish Times

Two challenges to key consents signed by former minister for energy Pat Carey for construction of the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline scheme in Co Mayo are to be fast-tracked by the Commercial Court.

An Taisce and local residents Monica Muller and Peter Sweetman separately want to overturn the consents signed on the day of the general election. The actions may be heard in tandem with earlier challenges by the same parties to a decision of An Bord Pleanála in January.

Posted Date: 
1 June 2011