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Greens seek end to further oil and gas exploration

The Green Party will today introduce the Prohibition of Fossil Fuels (Keep It In the Ground) Bill 2017, seeking an end to further oil and gas exploration in Irish territory. The Bill comes as the COP23 conference in Bonn continues.

Speaking today, Green Party Spokesperson for the Marine, Senator Grace O’Sullivan said: “Day-by-day, we are learning more of the damage that offshore oil and gas exploration is doing to our marine environment - disrupting and destroying vital and delicate habitats and threatening areas crucial to our fisheries, tourism and leisure sectors. We need to protect our oceans and keep these polluting fossil fuels in the ground.” 

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “If we are to keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees,  then 80% of known fossil fuel reserves need to be left in the ground. By signing the Paris Agreement, Ireland committed to such a plan. If parties say they are serious about climate change then they will support this Bill. This Dáil has already banned fracking for onshore gas, it is now time to take the next step and stop all exploration for oil and gas in our offshore waters.”

Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD said: “Coming a day after Ireland was ranked Europe’s worst performer in tackling climate change and reducing emissions, this Bill presents the Government with an opportunity to make amends. The Government talk the talk on climate change – it’s time for them to walk the walk and ensure a Just Transition to a carbon-free society.”

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