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November 2009

Dramatic new twist in Corrib saga

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

A Senior Government Minister Éamon Ó Cuív has said that An Bord Pleanála’s (ABP) decision last week about the controversial Corrib gas pipeline route was proof that the process was impartial and not ‘necessarily in favour of the developer’.
Moreover, the Fine Gael shadow spokesman on Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Michael Ring told The Mayo News he welcomed the fact that ‘the concerns of local people had been addressed’.

‘We cannot ignore An Bord Pleanála decision’ - local councillor on Shell decision

Anton McNulty - Mayo News

AN Bord Pleanála’s decision to seek further information on the controversial Corrib gas on-shore pipeline on safety grounds brought into question Mayo County Council’s decision to split the project, according to a Belmullet-based councillor.

Shell contempt of court challenge adjourned

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

A DISTRICT Court judge who ruled that Shell E&P Ireland was in contempt of court has agreed to adjourn a hearing about the company’s application to clarify the case in the High Court.
At a sitting of Westport District Court last week, Judge Mary Devins afforded further time for legal representatives of Shell and Ms Monica Muller (pictured) of Rossport South to agree on the minutiae of the case to be stated.

Press Release: Vindicated community call for complete rethink of Corrib Gas Project

Following on from last week's An Bord Pleanala decision which vindicated community campaigners' safety concerns, Shell to Sea have called for a halt to the Corrib Gas Project until issues surrounding human rights, the environment and and the gas giveaway are addressed, along with health and safety.

US rights group supports Corrib residents


A REPORT for a US human rights group on the Corrib gas project says that residents in north Mayo had been given “false information” and “their legal rights have been trampled upon”.

Marilyn Horan of Observers’ International says the protests against Shell project have been “consistently peaceful” and “despite Garda allegations, there is not a single recorded incident of violence by protesters”.

Shell Ireland receives €90m from parent firm to complete Corrib gas works

Gordon Deegan - Irish Examiner

SHELL Ireland has received a €90 million cash injection to complete its controversial works to allow gas be taken from the Corrib gas field.

The cash injection to Shell E&P Ireland Ltd from its parent company is confirmed in documents recently lodged with the Companies’ Office.

Warning of what could happen to the Shell Corrib Gas Pipeline


AP Photo – Flames blazed more than 400 feet high above a natural gas line explosion that rocked Bushland, Texas about 1 a.m. Thursday Nov. 5, 2009 in the Texas Panhandle. The roaring sound of the leaking gas could be heard and seen from Amarillo more than 10 miles away. The gas line explosion was located about 2 miles north of Interstate 40 and 1 mile east of Bushland Road. A nearby structure is seen burning on the right of the photo and a high power utility pole is seen smoldering to the left of the blaze. A nearby rural neighborhood was evacuated by Potter County Sheriffs.

Further setback for controversial Corrib onshore gas pipeline

Toni Bourke - Mayo Advertiser

The Corrib Gas Partners have insisted that the proposed Corrib gas pipeline is safe and meets all international standards and industry best practice. Their comments were made this week following an announcement by An Bord Pleanála that it would defer its decision on the onshore pipeline. This is the third delay on the decision regarding this onshore section of the pipeline which was originally due on August 10.