EPA prosecutes Shell E&P Ireland Limited

On 5th September 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Shell E&P Ireland Limited at Dublin Metropolitan District Court for breaches of its Industrial Emission Licence (Reg. No. P0738-03) committed between the morning of 31 December 2015 and 1 January 2016. 

Shell E&P Ireland Limited pleaded guilty to:

  • Failing to comply with Condition 5.2 of the licence in that emissions from the activity resulted in impairment of, or interference with amenities of the environment beyond the installation boundary namely, by flaring of gas which resulted in high levels of light and noise during the hours of darkness and at time when people might reasonably be expected to be sleeping.
  • Failing to comply with Condition 5.1 of the licence in that specified emissions from the installation exceeded the emission limit values set out in Schedule B: Emission Limits, namely, flaring of gas by Shell resulted in noise emissions that exceeded the applicable limits for evening-time and night-time at noise sensitive locations.

Judge O’Neill awarded costs of €15,138 to the Agency and convicted the Company imposing fines of €500 for each charge.