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February 2010

Shell to Sea campaigners may face imprisonment despite vindication

By: 
Shelver - Rossport Solidarity Camp

Preview of appeals due in Castlebar on the 9th Feb 2010.

Judge Rory MacCabe is due to hear 14 Shell to Sea related cases scheduled for next Tuesdays sitting of Castlebar circuit court. The stakes are high: Five people are appealing prison sentences imposed last year, and may go directly to jail if they lose their appeals.

Despite the vindication of the campaign by An Bord Pleanála - who in November rejected over half of Shell's latest on-shore pipeline route on safety grounds – those who have rightly campaigned against the project over the years continue to be dragged before the courts, and may well be unjustly imprisoned after Tuesday’s court in Castlebar.

Shell, along with the Government, Gardaí and judiciary would like the event to pass silently, people to go to prison quietly and serve as an example of what can happen if you stand up for your rights.

Community Power at the Rossport Solidarity Camp

By: 
Shelver - Rossport Solidarity Camp

DIY wind power course review

From Wednesday the 27th to Sunday the 31st of January, the Rossport Solidarity Camp hosted a wind power workshop. Local people and campers united to learn metal work, wood work and electronics to produce a fully functional 2.4 meter diameter wind turbine, now supplying power to the off-grid Rossport Solidarity House. The use of farmer's shed for the week was kindly by donated which was the perfect base for the workshop. The course was led by V3 Power, a workers co-operative based in Nottingham specialising in teaching courses in how to build DIY wind turbines.

Shell's Nigerian plan for Ireland and natives of Mayo

By: 
Brendan Patrick Keane - Irish Central

When Ken Saro-Wiwa once demanded the right of native people to rule themselves and own their own natural resources, he was doing so against the super-human powers of Shell corporation in their quest to exploit and take Nigerian resources.

Shell to Sea complains about letter

By: 
Irish Times

Corrib gas protesters have been told by Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan that there was no intention to interfere in the planning process with a letter sent by a Department of Energy official to An Bord Pleanála.

The letter was criticised by by representatives of Shell to Sea, who met Mr Ryan at Government buildings.

On November 2nd last the planning board determined almost half the proposed route for the project was “unacceptable”.

Shell to Sea react angrily to four-month extension by An Bord Pleanála

By: 
Toni Bourke - Mayo Advertiser

Shell E&P Ireland have been granted a four-month extension by an Bord Pleanála to the previous deadline of February 5 for the submission of further information in relation to the onshore pipeline in Erris. The deadline has now been extended to May 31 to allow Shell more time to submit information which the Board requested in a four-page letter to Shell last November.

Michael D Higgins on the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2009

By: 
Michael D. Higgins - TD

As we discuss planning in 2010, we must acknowledge the growing acceptance internationally that we should be concerned about inter-generational justice. If there is one development that is taking place at a general level it is that the thinking in regard to the morality of politics is such, be it in terms of climate change, war and peace, world poverty, the elimination of disease and so on, that those of us who have the benefit of being elected politically should be interested in the consequences of our actions past an election period.

David Norris on Eamon Ryans' new Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Bill 2010

By: 
David Norris - Seanad

I welcome the Minister. I will follow Senator Ó Brolcháin - it is what I had intended to say, but I will say it again, perhaps more vigorously - in that the Bill is a form of reaction. We should be grateful to Shell to Sea, without which we would not have this Bill. Shell Oil did not appear to take locals’ concerns on board and was either blissfully unaware or uncaring of the safety issues. Shell Oil has a disastrous record worldwide.

Shell to Sea challenge Ministers to dismantle illegal Shell pipeline

Shell to Sea members have challenged Ministers Ryan and Ó Cuív to ensure the dismantling of 92 metres of pipe which has been laid onshore at Glengad without any planning, as stated by An Bord Pleanála [1]. They also called for the resignation of Bob Hanna of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), within Eamon Ryan's Department, for his completely inappropriate attempt to unduly influence the board at a time when the application is under consideration and the board is not accepting submissions. 

Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday February 3, members of Shell to Sea met Ministers Eamon Ryan and Eamon Ó Cuív in Leinster House to discuss issues arising from the An Bord Pleanála letter of November 2, which exposed huge safety issues with Shell's application for an onshore pipeline.

This follows on from Tuesday's extension of the deadline for Shell to submit further information to An Bord Pleanála, which has been condemned by campaigners as facilitation of Shell, who received the extension despite their clear inability to provide the board with a safe design for their onshore pipeline.

Press Release: How much is enough for Shell? Oil Giant made €25 Million a day profit in 2009

News Release
Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea
Thursday, 4 February, 2010
For immediate release

-- Company to siphon billions more from Ireland thanks to corrupt gas deal --

Royal Dutch Shell, which is seeking to bring gas from the Corrib field ashore using an experimental, cost-saving method, this morning announced global pre-tax profits of $12.518,000,000 billion (9 billion euro) for 2009. This corresponds to almost 25 million euro profit per day or just over 1 million euro every hour.

Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins said: “How much money is enough for Shell? Their obscene profits are going to be swelled even further if the Irish Government’s extraordinary giveaway terms are not changed. The money Irish people pay for their gas in the coming years will flow into the coffers of Royal Dutch Shell and its shareholders.”

The Royalty Boondoggle

By: 
Editorial - The New York Times

In 1995, when oil prices were very low, Congress tried to encourage deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by giving oil companies relief from some of the royalties they incur for producing oil and gas on public land.