Petroleum Licences: Environmental Factors

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Economy – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:00 pm on 6 December 2021.

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Photo of Stewart Dickson Stewart Dickson Alliance 2:00, 6 December 2021

Minister, you will be aware that there was recently a leak of information around the report. That is unhelpful in that we need to have the report in front of us so that everybody can see it. Minister, will you indicate now the direction of travel that the Department will be taking in order to assure the public that we will no longer be exploring for petroleum or other carbon-based fuels in Northern Ireland and that those fuels will be left in the ground where they rightly belong? We need a very clear statement from you, Minister, and from your Department on that.