Colreavy slams leaks on TTIP to oil and gas companies
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has raised serious concern over reports that the EU have given confidential papers on TTIP negotiations to oil and gas companies.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:
“It is alleged that the EU has given papers to oil and gas companies that have been deemed too confidential to make available to the public or to sovereign governments.
“It is also alleged that the EU has asked oil and gas companies to contribute to the section of the negotiations that deal with energy.
“This would support the view of many that there are significant negotiations with multinational companies on TTIP, but very little with the public or representative organisations.
“This is a serious situation that further undermines the TTIP negotiations.
“It is effectively handing power for the energy section of TTIP over to oil and gas companies to shape in their favour.
“This could have serious implications for governments such as the Irish government.
“Hydraulic fracturing is a very controversial issue in energy at the moment, and if oil and gas companies are allowed a free hand to write the energy section of TTIP, they could use this power to force the Irish governments hand on the issue.
“It also has serious implications on renewable energy development as oil and gas companies would surely seek to protect their own interests as part of any TTIP deal.
“Irish government ministers, especially those whose portfolios will be affected by TTIP, must demand answers from the EU on this controversy.
“Such actions in effect hand power away from the democratic will of the people and into the hands of multinational companies.”