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Planning Permission granted for Shannon LNG terminal

An Bord Plenala have granted planning permission for the construction of a 500 million liquified natural gas terminal in North Kerry.

The SDWF were involved in the the Environmental Impact Assesment carrying out acoustic monitoring of the site for bottlenose dolphins for 12 months prior to the planning application.

This monitoring showed that although dolphins regularly used the site especially in the summer, it was for short periods consistent with them travelling through the area.

Permission was granted with 40 conditions including the use of Marine mammal Observers during the dub-tidal piling and on-shore blasting (Condition 16). an Bord Plenala also requested that the acoustic monitoring programme for bottlenose dolphins be continued through the construction phase and for a period of 24 months into the final operational phase (Condition 17).

The SDWF are satisfied that Shannon LNG have adopted best practices during this EIS and planning application and look forward to working with them to ensure this nationally important infastructure does not degrade the Shannon estuary for dolphins and other wildlife in the region.

 


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