Explain Yourself Minister

The Isle of Man Green Party wants the DoI Minister to explain why the gov has decided to allow Crogga more time to explore exploiting gas in the island’s sea bed.

Earlier this week the DoI announced a 27 month extension to the licence afforded to Crogga.

The Green Party said it was ‘alarmed’ by this decision, saying that ‘whilst the leading science is compelling us to take immediate action to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, the Isle of Man Government is taking direct action to support fossil fuel exploration’.

It added: ‘If prospective deposits should exist, they will represent fuel that cannot be burned, in order to avoid extreme climate change that is directly impacting the Isle of Man.

‘On 13 January 2019, Adrian Cowin of the Isle of Man Senior Meteorological Officer, said:

Since the mid-1980s there has been a steady rise in both the maximum average temperature and the minimum average temperatures. It is quite stunning when we graph that, that we get a change over that period of about 0.8°C-1.0°C. … A warmer climate can carry more moisture and more energy; therefore, we’re talking about the atmosphere being more turbulent, more stormy, you can end up with more gales, you can end up with more rainfall events, heavy rainfall events.”

‘That threat translates into an urgent need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels today.  Last year, both the International Energy Agency and the United Nations Environment Programme published reports categorically stating that there could not be any new gas exploration projects from 2021 in order to avoid extreme climate change. The decision of Minister Crookall and the Department of Infrastructure has entirely ignored that threat.’

The party said it has written to Mr Crookall asking him to explain the reasons why the decision was made and to ‘justify how it is compliant with the DoI’s legal duties under the Climate Change Act 2021’.