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To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views regarding the impact of extending the number of areas from which the Pyrite Remediation Board can receive applications; if extra funding and staff have been made available as a result of this decision; and if he is satisfied that sufficient funding is in place to remediate the number of affected dwellings.
by Jamison Maeda
In 2010, an explosion on the BP Deep Horizon oil rig off the coast of New Orleans killed 11 workers and released millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This was not only the the largest U.S. offshore oil spill, but the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.
As the clean-up began, scientists noticed that much of the oil was mysteriously unaccounted for. Recently however, studies published by the University of California at Santa Barbara and Florida State University stated that 10 million gallons of Deepwater Horizon oil have created a toxic carpet on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico 3,200 square kilometers in area, or about the size of County Clare.
Clare questions the Minister for the Minister on the governments commitment to the pyrite remediation scheme: