Dublin Bay Oil Rig
In early 2012 Providence Resources were granted a licence to explore for oil in Dublin Bay. They needed a foreshore licence to commence the exploration.
It was only when they applied for the foreshore licence that it came to the attention of residents and campaigners across the Dun Laoghaire area. The area where they wanted to drill was only 6kms from Killiney Beach.
Save Our Seafront worked with many other community and environmental groups through out 2012. The issue was raised regularly in the Dail by Richard Boyd Barrett and there were many protests, public meetings and regular lobbying.
Despite this, the Department of the Environment granted the licence, but Providence Resources, fearing more protests and adverse publicity was forced to surrender its foreshore licence with the excuse that there were outstanding issues of EU law to be dealt with.
Providence still have a licence to explore for oil in the bay, but before they could commence any actual exploration they would have to reapply for the foreshore licence.
Save Our Seafront would immediately recommence their campaign to protect our bay.