Environmental group secures injunction against extension of planning permission for Shannon LNG

An environmental group has secured an injunction against a decision to extend planning permission to the Shannon LNG project in North Kerry.

The High Court granted the injunction to Friends of the Irish Environment.

In July, An Bórd Pleanála granted a five-year extension to planning permission granted for the proposed 500 million euro liquefied natural gas terminal.


Planning was first granted for the development ten years ago.

Friends of the Irish Environment are seeking leave to apply for a judicial review of  An Bórd Pleanála’s decision to extend planning permission for the Shannon LNG natural gas terminal on the Tarbert-Ballylongford landbank.

Yesterday, the High Court granted the environmental group an injunction. There’ll be a full hearing on October 4th when the environmental group will submit an application for a judicial review of the planning decision.

The Safety Before LNG group has praised Friends of the Irish Environment and says shipped fracked gas from the United States would have a disastrous effect on the climate.

However, Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says gas energy is the cleanest of the fossil fuels and the terminal is needed to help reduce the country’s dependence on oil and coal.

If the project goes ahead, it could create 400 construction jobs as well as 100 permanent positions when operational.

Two weeks ago, it emerged that US company New Fortress Energy had entered an agreement to progress the project, with the expectation that the facility will begin operations at the end of 2020.