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February 2010

Shell given more time for gas pipeline plans

Olivia Overman - Irish Examiner

Plans for the Shell gas pipeline off the coast of County Mayo have been put on hold as the company comes up with an alternative safety plan. 

Delay for gas route application

Aine Ryan - Irish Times

SHELL EP Ireland was yesterday given a three-month extension to submit a revised application to An Bord Pleanála for the controversial Corrib gas pipeline route in Co Mayo.

On November 3rd last the planning board determined almost half the proposed route was “unacceptable” on safety grounds, and directed Shell to examine an alternative partial route up Sruwaddacon Bay, away from housing.

Press Release: An Bord Pleanála integrity under scrutiny - Ryan's Dept attempts to influence board

An Bord Pleanála today granted Shell E&P Ireland a 4-month extension to the previous deadline for submission of further information on Shell's application for an onshore pipeline in Erris, Co. Mayo. The deadline had previously been February 5, and has now been extended to May 31. This marks a continuation of efforts by the board to facilitate Shell and their Corrib gas project against the wishes of the local community, and despite huge concerns over issues of safety and the giveaway of Irish natural resources.

Campaigners have reacted angrily to these developments, which are seen as further efforts to enable Shell's construction of the onshore pipeline.

In other news, it has emerged that officials from Minister Éamon Ryan's department have written to An Bord Pleanála stating that they have concluded that 'the Corrib gas pipeline meet[s] all relevant safety standards and codes'[1].  This marks a clear attempt to intimate that An Bord Pleanála are failing by not following the Technical Advisory Group's (TAG) opinion, and allowing permission for Shell's onshore pipeline, and to influence the board to ignore the potentially massive repercussions of an accident during their deliberations.

Shell given more time for pipeline plan

RTE News

An Bord Pleanála has announced that Shell Ireland is to be given a further three months to come up with alternative plans for the re-routing of the controversial Corrib Gas pipeline in Co Mayo.

It had given the company until the end of this week to submit proposals to meet concerns it has in relation to the safety of the pipeline route.

It has now extended that deadline until the end of May.

Press Release: Campaigners call on An Bord Pleanála to reject unsafe Shell pipeline

--- Delays should not be given to facilitate the developer ---

Shell asks for more time to resolve Corrib gas issues

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

SHELL EP Ireland has asked An Bord Pleanála for more time to resolve issues relating to the Corrib gas pipeline.

The lead Corrib gas developer was given a deadline of next Friday for revised information, following An Bord Pleanála’s direction that up to half of the proposed onshore route was unsafe.

The company was also required to submit a revised environmental impact statement by Friday.

Shell looks for more time to compile Corrib gas reply

Irish Examiner

Shell has asked for more time to resolve its Corrib gas pipeline issues.

Next Friday is the deadline for revised information following An Bord Pleanala's direction that up to half of all the proposed onshore route was unsafe.

The company has said that, due to the complexity of the case, it needs more time to complete its work.

It is expected the oral hearings into the pipeline will be reopened once the information has been gathered.