The Green Party has called on ESB Networks to release all information regarding oil leaks from their transmission cables alongside the Grand and Royal Canals in Dublin City. It has also called on the company to put in place a plan to fast-track the removal of cables that may be leaking oil into the ground or adjacent watercourses.
It said the company must now put in place plans to remediate the lands and clear up the polluted areas.
Green Party MEP for Dublin Ciarán Cuffe: “It is deeply worrying that a State company could allow mineral oils to pollute land and waters in the heart of Dublin for decades without informing the public, or apparently the Environmental Protection Agency. The irony of this information coming to light on World Environment Day will not be lost on the general public.
“I compliment the ESB whistleblower Seamus O’Loughlin in coming forward and am calling on the ESB and the EPA to act swiftly on his evidence. I also wish to pay tribute to the RTÉ Investigates team on their work in bringing this information to light.”
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