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April 2010

The community letter to Shell

Community of Kilcommon

Below is the text of the letter, 409 copies of which were signed by members of the community and given to Shell


Mark Carrigy
Shell E&P Ireland Ltd
4 Údaras na Gaeltachta
County Mayo


Let’s see if Bellanaboy rules apply in Dalkey

James Laffey - Editor's Chair - Western People

Dalkey is about to become Ireland’s Dubai. Providence Resources is set to commence drilling for oil off the coast of Ireland’s most chic village, which is home to celebrities like Bono, Neil Jordan, Enya, Van Morrison and Pat Kenny. 

Obviously one assumes that in such a fair and democratic society as Ireland the same rules will
apply in fashionable Dalkey as have been implemented in faraway Bellanaboy. So, let’s speculate on the terrible fate that awaits the good burghers of Dalkey.

Letters sent to Shell claim 'ongoing harassment'

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

LETTERS FROM more than 400 residents of a north Mayo parish who claim that they are being subjected to “ongoing and escalating physical and psychological harassment” have been delivered to Shell EP Ireland.

The 409 signed letters were presented by community representatives yesterday to Shell’s offices in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

The lead Corrib gas developer is still working on a response to An Bord Pleanála in relation to its controversial onshore pipeline route, and has applied to the Department of the Environment for a foreshore licence to conduct further investigative work to this end.

Glengad resident Eamon Ó Murchú, who co-ordinated the delivery of letters with Inver resident Terence Conway, told The Irish Times that the correspondence reflected the depth of feeling in the area about the project.

Community responds with 409 refusals to Shell's sham consultation

Community of Kilcommon

---Corrib project has been imposed through 'harassment' of the local community--- 

409 letters have been delivered from members of the community of Kilcommon to Shell's Belmullet offices today Monday. The letter outlines their refusal to meet with representatives of the company while Pat O'Donnell remains in jail and the imposition of the Corrib gas project continues without community consent. The letters detail a large number of grievances that the local community have with the imposition of the project, and state that people are refusing to meet with Shell while what “effectively amounts to ongoing and escalating physical and psychological harassement” continues in the area.

The letters dismiss as hollow Shell's proposed 'consultation', in the context of the fact that the current and previous Managing Directors of the company have publicly stated that the project will not be changed in any way in response to community concerns.


Shell’s Corrib Gas Pipeline Route Declared Unsafe by Irish Planning Board

Newsletter of The Goldman Environmental Prize

In November 2009, after a nearly ten-year campaign by citizens groups against Shell’s high-pressure gas pipeline in the rural community of Rossport, the Irish Planning Board has deemed the route “unacceptable” on safety grounds. This represents a stunning victory in the campaign led in part by 2007 Prize recipient Willie Corduff, though time will tell if the ruling will hold.

Providence Resources to begin test-drilling for oil off Dalkey Island

Barry O Halloran - Irish Times

EXPLORATION GROUP Providence Resources is set to begin drilling for oil off Dalkey Island in Co Dublin.

The company yesterday issued a statement saying that initial soundings taken in a exploration licence area in the Kish Bank in the Irish Sea, known as the Dalkey Island prospect, indicate that it has the potential to produce oil.

The block covers a large area in the Irish Sea, but its western edge lies off Dalkey, one of Dublin’s swishest neighbourhoods and home to a number of celebrities, including some members of rock group U2.

The Reality of Shell law in Mayo

Éirígí Sligeach

At the end of last month, in four days of special sittings at Belmullet court in County Mayo, twenty seven Shell to Sea campaigners faced charges relating to protests against Shell's planned pipeline in Erris last year. Amongst those facing charges were seven activists who were initially denied legal aid and bail by Judge Mary Devins despite being charged with minor public order offences.

Shell Versus Mayo Farmers, in the High Court Today 23/03/05

Over the past few months there have been attempts by Shell personnel to enter the lands of residents in Rossport, north west Mayo, to mark out an upstream pipeline route for the Corrib Gas project.

Listen to Shell's attempts to go on the land.