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08 April 2013 - Date Set For Public Event On Gas Storage Project PDF Print E-mail

Islandmagee Storage Limited (IMSL) has confirmed that it will hold the first of its two planned Public Information Events for this year on Saturday 27th April at 2nd Islandmagee Presbyterian Church Hall from 2pm‐4pm.

The public event – to which everyone is invited ‐ will be formatted with short talks providing detail on the various elements of the proposed project, combined with structured Q&A sessions.

Speaking about the event, Paddy Larkin, Director of IMSL said: “This first Public Information Event will be structured in such a way so as to give the company an opportunity to remind people about the detail and strategic importance of the project; the approvals that still have to be granted for the project to proceed and the dedicated work that will be undertaken to minimise any disruption to local stakeholders should the project go ahead. Importantly, the event will also give people the opportunity to put questions directly to the company and raise any issues or concerns that they may have at this stage.”

Meanwhile, the company is in the process of setting up a dedicated stakeholder liaison group for the project – Community and Marine Liaison Group – and has recently issued letters to key stakeholder groups in the area inviting them to be represented on this important forum.

The purpose of the Community and Marine Liaison Group (CMLG) will be to ensure that during construction and subsequent operation of the Islandmagee gas storage facility, IMSL and the community work together to minimise the impact of the facility on its neighbours.

Paddy Larkin explains: “Islandmagee Storage Limited is strongly committed to working with local residents and keeping any inconvenience arising from the proposed works to the minimum possible levels. The CMLG will provide a forum for the company to share information about the construction activities and marine monitoring programme, as well as providing an important mechanism for reporting on the actions taken in response to feedback or issues raised by the local community and other stakeholders. ”

Details of the how the CMLG will be formed and how it will operate will be discussed initially during the Public Information Event on Saturday 27th April, and in more detail at the group’s first meeting in May. If any stakeholder group has not received an invite to be represented on the CMLG and feels they would like to take part, they will have the opportunity to register their interest during the forthcoming Information Event at the end of April.

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