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November 2009

Judge agrees to adjourn hearing in Corrib case

Irish Times

A DISTRICT Court judge who ruled that Shell EP 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 in Co Mayo yesterday, Judge Mary Devins afforded further time for legal representatives of Shell and Monica Muller of Rossport South to agree on the minutiae of the case to be stated.

What the Bord Pleanála's decision really means!

Ed Moran - Local resident

Today’s publication of An Bord Pleanala’s ruling (4 page statement) amounts to a rejection of the Corrib Pipeline application. Today’s publication of An Bord Pleanala’s ruling (4 page statement) amounts to a rejection of the Corrib Pipeline application. So stark are its findings that they amount to an outright refusal. But for diplomatic reasons they are couched in convoluted wording which requires close reading.

Board may reopen Corrib gas hearing


AN BORD Pleanála has said it will reopen the oral hearing into the Corrib gas onshore pipeline if Shell EP Ireland responds within three months to its requests issued this week.

Shell EP Ireland told The Irish Times yesterday it was “confident” it could meet the February 5th deadline set by the appeals board, following this week’s deferral of a final decision on the strategic infrastructure application.

North Mayo residents say ruling vindicates their stance

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

NORTH Mayo residents have said that An Bord Pleanála’s ruling on the Corrib gas onshore pipeline is a “vindication” of their stance on health and safety grounds.

Pobal Chill Chomáin spokesman John Monaghan and resident Mary Corduff also said that Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan and his department had “serious questions to answer” in relation to endorsement of the safety of the proposed modified pipeline route at the oral hearing .

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'Gagged' protest highlights lack of democracy in Mayo Forum

Rudiger - Indymedia

This morning An Bord Pleanala have announced that they are deferring the decision on the onshore section of the Corrib Gas pipeline. Bord Pleanala says that approximately 5.6km (or 62% of the whole onshore pipeline) is considered unacceptable because of its proximity to dwelling houses located within its hazard range should a pipeline failure occur.

Proposed route for Corrib pipeline unsafe, Shell told

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

AN BORD Pleanála has found that up to half of Shell’s proposed route for its controversial Corrib gas onshore pipeline in Co Mayo is “unacceptable” on safety grounds.

In a ruling yesterday, the planning board said the proposed high-pressure pipeline would be routed too close to housing in Rossport and between Glengad and Aughoose, and suggested that another route be explored.

The houses were “within the hazard range of the pipeline should a failure occur”, the board said in a letter to Shell EP Ireland.

Shell is ordered to re-route 'risky' Corrib gas pipeline

Paul Melia and Tom Shiel - Irish Independent

GAS from the controversial Corrib field off Co Mayo will not come ashore until at least 2011, 15 years after it was first discovered.

The disclosure came after An Bord Pleanala ordered oil giant Shell E&P Ltd to redesign the pipeline and move it away from homes because it poses an "unacceptable risk".

Residents gave a cautious welcome yesterday after Shell was ordered to re-route the pipeline for a third time.

No red tape for Corrib’s silent protestors

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

As the decision on the new pipeline route for the controversial Corrib gas project is – after two deferrals – finally due today (Tuesday),  two community groups have dubbed the North West Mayo Forum as ‘a sham’ and ‘a wasted opportunity’.

Decision on Corrib pipeline deferred

RTE News

An Bord Pleanála has deferred making a final decision on the controversial Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo and has asked Shell Ireland to address concerns it has about its safety.

The 9km onshore pipeline is designed to link the offshore gas field with the multi-million euro refinery being built at Bellanaboy.

[Added by Shell to Sea: See the RTE report from the Nine News on the Forums here:]

DPP sent seven files on Corrib policing


SOME 75 per cent of complaints made about policing aspects of the Corrib gas project were admitted for investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, and seven files were sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

However, the DPP would not accept evidence for criminal prosecution of gardaí in all seven cases and six of those cases were now “closed”, the commission’s head of communications Kieran FitzGerald told the ministerial northwest Mayo forum in Erris yesterday.