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September 2010

A Divided Community

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

TENSIONS are palpable as the Bord Pleanála oral hearing into Shell E&P Ireland’s application for the last section of the Corrib high-pressure gas pipeline continues. Here, The Mayo News provides exclusive coverage of the complex issues that last week led board Inspector Martin Nolan to remark on the “significant social issues and tensions involved”, and, moreover, make a commitment to allow time to address these matters later during the hearing.


Concerns voiced on Corrib project

Áine Ryan - Irish Times

AN ENVIRONMENTAL consultant has told a hearing into the controversial Corrib gas project in Belmullet, Co Mayo, that objectors to the project had no faith in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

During questions to department expert witnesses, Peter Sweetman said the department had initially allowed a pipeline pressure which had to be significantly reduced in 2006 after a Government-commissioned report on the matter.

Corrib gas tunnel will be longest in Europe

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

A tunnel carrying high-pressure Corrib gas, across a bay in north Mayo, will be the longest of its kind in Europe, it has emerged.
A Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIL) consultant confirmed at yesterday’s (Tuesday) Bord Pleanála hearing into the controversial project that at 4.9km long, the tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay is almost a kilometre longer than a gas pipeline tunnel in Holland, and longer than the Dublin Port Tunnel.

Proposed Corrib line subsea tunnel would be longest in western Europe

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

THE PROPOSED subsea tunnel for one of the last sections of the Corrib gas high-pressure pipeline would be the longest of its kind in western Europe, Shell consultants have confirmed.

The company has also told An Bord Pleanála that there was “no guarantee” that the route structure under the Sruwaddacon estuary would be used to carry pipelines from other offshore energy finds, or that the life of the Ballinaboy terminal would be extended.

Controversy over Corrib gas

Edward Moran - Letter to the Irish Times


The controversial 10-metre section of Shell’s pipeline is crucial because it combines several fundamental breaches relating to the current pipeline-route planning permission application.

Not least among these arises from Bord Pleanála’s decisive ruling last November that this section was wrongly omitted from that application. This alone should render the application null and void. Instead Bord Pleanála has acquiesced in it being added in retrospectively, despite specific restriction in the Strategic Infrastructure Act in that regard.

Royal Dutch Shell and the dark arts

John Donovan -

Royal Dutch Shell is probably the business worlds leading practitioner in the use of commercial espionage, sometimes on an industrial scale.

By John Donovan

Andy Coulson resigned as editor of the News of the World in January 2007 over a phone hacking scandal at the newspaper. He is now media adviser to UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Irish five named for Toronto

Donald Clarke - Irish Times

Once again the Irish Film Board is able to announce a healthy presence at the upcoming Toronto film festival. Five films funded by the body will play at the event, which kicks off on September 9th.

Explosion on Mariner Energy oil rig in Gulf of Mexico

BBC News

"The BP disaster was supposed to be the wake-up call, but we hit the snooze button” - Michael Brune Executive Director, Sierra Club


An explosion has torn through an offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the site of a blast in April which caused a huge oil spill.

New Trailer for "The Pipe"

An Píopa tells the story of the small Co Mayo community that has taken on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish State.
See the new trailer here:


Environment’s just not newsworthy

TCM Editorial - The Irish Post

WHAT makes the news?

Who decides what to print and what not to print?

What to broadcast and what not to show?

I don’t mean the fairly transparent process of editorial decisions, I mean more what is deemed newsworthy and what is not.