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October 2009

Shell's Security Guards Lose Control, Shell to Sea Campaigners Assaulted

Jen Debender - Indymedia

Early this morning the 22 October, four Shell to Sea campaigners entered the field in Glengad where Shell is working (the same field where work was stopped by a digger-occupier yesterday- Two people managed to get on top of the same digger, but IRMS (Shell's private security contractors) got violent and dragged them down, injuring them both in the process.

Press Release: Two campaigners assaulted by Shell security while occupying diggers

This morning two campaigners were assaulted by Integrated Risk Management Services (IRMS) security guards while mounting a digger at Glengad, to stop works encroaching on a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). IRMS are the security company contracted to Shell for the Corrib Gas Project.

Dublin delays Corrib decision

Rob Watts -

A key planning decision on Shell’s Corrib gas project in west Ireland is to be deferred again by several weeks.

The decision on Shell's application for a new route for the onshore section of the Corrib gas pipeline had been due tomorrow.

“The file is with the board but more time is needed to deliberate,” an official with An Bord Pleanala, the Irish planning authority, said this morning.

He said the decision could take a number of weeks.

It is understood the announcement will officially be made tomorrow.

Shell to Sea Halt Illegal Shell Works for a Day

Jen Debender - Indymedia

Today, Wednesday 21 October, Shell to Sea stopped work at an illegal Shell site for the entire day when a campaigner climbed onto the arm of a digger which was laying bog mats, in preparation for drilling works.

Corrib Pipeline - A rough guide to the Oral Hearing

JM - Indymedia

Notes on An Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing

Corrib onshore gas pipeline application (An Bord Pleanala ref. 16 GA 0004, 16 DA 0004)

19th May – 25th June 2009

Produced by Pobal Chill Chomain
July 2009

The attached document comprises the majority of questioning put to the applicant (Shell E&P Ireland Ltd) by An Bord Pleanala, and includes a summary of the verbal responses given (NOTE: questions from Thursday June 11th not included).

Press Release: Shell to Sea Halt Unauthorised Work to Protect Conservation Area

For Immediate Release:

Today, Wednesday 21st October at 1pm, Shell to Sea stopped illegal work at Glengad, Co Mayo, when a campaigner climbed on the arm of a Volvo digger. Shell were preparing to drill bore holes in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and the action was to stop this work from going ahead. Currently Shell have been stopped for 3 hours before their work has reached the SAC.

Spoof - An Bord Pleanála Grants Planning Permission for Onshore Pipeline in Mayo

An Bord Pleanála - Indymedia

19th October 2009

An Bord Pleanála announces its decison today to grant planning permission with revised conditions to Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIL) for the construction of an onshore gas pipeline in Mayo.

Shell 'geotechnical' work under way in Mayo


SHELL EP Ireland has said it is conducting authorised “geotechnical” work on private land in north Mayo in advance of a Bord Pleanála decision on its application for a new onshore pipeline route.

Erris community group Pobal Chill Chomáin has sought clarification from the planning board on the status of the work, which began last week on the proposed pipeline route. Shell-to-Sea spokeswoman Maura Harrington said the work “illustrates the unbridled arrogance of Shell”.

Press Release: Shell work preempts planning decision

Shell have this week begun work on the Corrib Gas pipeline route, just days in advance of the expected An Bord Pleanála decision.

On Monday, Shell moved into the area of Aughoose, about a mile from the Bellanaboy refinery site, and put up fences, lights and began drilling operations in the area, despite having no planning permission to carry out any such works.

In September, Shell were found to be in contempt of a court order for entering onto Rossport Commonage and carrying out site investigations.