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March 2010

Shell Ireland Corrib Gas Project Startup Delayed To ‘12-’13


MARCH 16, 2010 By Lananh Nguyen Of Dow Jones Newswires

LONDON (Dow Jones)–The startup of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB) Corrib gas project off the west coast of Ireland will be delayed to 2012-2013, the company said Tuesday in a strategy update.

Banner held aloft in America for jailed ‘Chief’

Marian Harrison, The Western People, 16.03.10

A BANNER supporting the release of Pat ‘The Chief’ O’Donnell was carried in a St Patrick’s Day parade in America last week, writes Marian Harrison.

The Shell to Sea campaign was brought to the streets of Queens on March 7 as locals with Irish roots celebrated the holiday.

A Shell to Sea spokesperson said the response to the banner was heartwarming.

“A surprising number of people had already heard about the unlawful jailing of The Chief O’Donnell and said that they would stay in touch and help with the campaign in America.

Fishermen ‘right to be concerned about mercury’

Marian Harrison, The Western People,16.03.10

SHELL is working on a submission for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the discharge of water which will be separated from the gas, writes Marian Harrison. The company agreed with fishermen not to discharge the treated water into the Sruwaddacon Bay and are investigating alternative options before seeking permission from the EPA.

Meanwhile, a marine biologist who last week denied saying that people would die if the Corrib project went ahead, has now said local fishermen are right to be concerned about a release of mercury.

The Chief is serenaded in jail

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

THE IRISH Embassy in London is this morning (Tuesday, March 16) the latest location for a series of ongoing protests against the jailing of north Mayo fisherman, Pat O’Donnell, a leading voice in the protracted Corrib gas debacle.
Last weekend well-known singer Frances Black was among a line-up of musicians to gather outside Castlerea prison, County Roscommon, as a mark of solidarity for the jailed fisherman. Reprtedly, there was great applause when she sang her version of the late Ewan McColl’s, ‘Legal Illegal’.

National Protest for Pat ( The Chief ) O' Donnell

Dublin Shell to Sea

Pat O'Donnell is now entering into his second month in Castlerea prison in Co Roscommon. There will be a national protest outside the prison on the 27th (Sat week).If you would like to book a space to travel down with Dublin Shell to Sea please text or ring Dublin S2S on 086 736 2417 . Tickets 15-20 euro depending on final costs. People will recall the attempted murder on Pat back in June 2009 when black-clad terrorists boarded his trawler and sank it, leaving him to drown.

The Great Gas Robbery

Donegal on the Net

Fishermen Pat and Jonathon O’Donnell were arrested while working at their fishing grounds in the waters off Erris, Co.Mayo at the end of June. In two separate incidents, Jonathan was arrested, and his boat tugged, while Pat was injured by Gardai and has been taken to hospital. Both were arrested for ‘loitering’ in the sea, their workplace.

Devins calls for extension of Corrib Gas Field

Ocean FM

Sligo North Leitrim Fianna Fáil TD Jimmy Devins is calling for the extension of the Corrib Gas Field to Sligo and the North West.

In the wake of a recent meeting aimed at tackling Sligo’s retail crisis, Deputy Devins has arranged for a local deputation to meet with Junior Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan.

One of the suggestions that emerged from the emergency meeting was that Sligo needs to further develop natural resources.

Press Release: Irish Embassy Solidarity Demonstration for Pat O'Donnell

Press Release

11am Tuesday 16th March

Solidarity Demonstration for Pat O'Donnell; Jailed Erris Fisherman

190 submissions on Shell drill request

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

THE DEPARTMENT of the Environment says it received 190 submissions in response to an application by Shell EP Ireland to carry out investigative work in north Mayo’s Sruwaddacon estuary.

The department is still analysing Shell’s foreshore licence application to drill up to 80 boreholes in the estuary, which is a candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The company says it needs to carry out the work as part of site investigations for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline route. It has also sought tenders for design and construction of a pipeline under the estuary.