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How to fast track the planning process:

How to fast track the planning process:The Irish Offshore Operators Association lobby An Bord Pleanála (2003)
Extracts from CPI Executive summary:

The Report from the Centre for Public Enquiry makes it clear that the meeting (10) was highly unusual coming, as it did, a number of days after the oil companies held a meeting with the Taoiseach and the then Ministers for Environment and Marine.
At that meeting (10) they were assured that the Corrib Gas project would be fast-tracked through the planning process, even though the planning process is meant to be independent of government.
Download/read the presentation (pdf format) that The Irish Offshore Operators Association, with Shell, Statoil and Marathon made to An Bord Pleanala at that meeting late in 2003.
The case for Indigenous gas.pdf
The Report is also available on the IOOA website.http://www.iooa.ie/IOOA%20Presentation/18_111.pdf
Officially, An Bord Pleanala are not meant to receive direct meetings on specific planing applications but, as is clear for the presentation, the Corrib gas project was effectively being lobbied for here. It is clear the Board were being told that the Corrib project was of national importance and deserved special treatment.
This is a key reason why the gas processing plant has proceeded through the planning process despite its numerous flaws.

Posted Date: 
27 January 2006 - 9:48pm