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October 2010

Book on Corrib controversy important, says Higgins

Genevieve Carbery - Irish Times

A NEW book on the Corrib gas controversy covers an “extraordinarily divisive period of time”, Michael D Higgins said last night.

Once Upon a Time in the West – The Corrib Gas Controversy , by Irish Times western correspondent Lorna Siggins, recounts the story of the building of the Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo.

Once Upon a Time in the West

Liamy McNally - Mayo News

AT last!  The classic “All you ever wanted to know about the Corrib gas controversy but were afraid to ask” has arrived.  A new book by Lorna Siggins, the Western Correspondent of the Irish Times, will be launched today, October 5.  It is an important date in the Corrib calendar because, finally, there is a book that contains the whole controversy between its covers.  It includes almost ten pages of a Timeline.  The Timeline opens with 1996: Gas discovery reported off Mayo by Enterprise Energy Ireland (EEI), and ends on 24 August 2010: Bord Pleanála hearing into last section of pipeline re-opens.  For the record, that hearing concluded last Friday, October 1.  
Chapter 1 of the book opens with a slightly earlier reference!  Ms Siggins states:  “It began some 230 million years ago, or so geologists estimate.”  One might say the rest is history but that would be too flippant in describing a story that has ripped a rural community apart.  Vested interests from trans-national companies trying to exploit the gas market to state agencies who also wish to see that happen were (and are being) aided and abetted by other state agencies from Government Departments to the Gardaí.

Shell in row over Brazilian Indian land grab

Survival International

Brazilian authorities have written to energy giant Shell expressing concern over the activities of its new Brazilian joint-venture partner, which is producing biofuels from land taken from an impoverished Indian tribe.

Last month, Shell signed a $12 billion deal to produce biofuels from sugar cane with Brazilian biofuels giant Cosan. But some of Cosan’s sugar cane is grown on land officially recognized as belonging to Guarani Indians.

Pipeline risk overstated-Shell

Aine Ryan

 The Irish Times - Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Battle for Ballinaboy

Lorna Siggins

10 years ago this month Bord Gáis announced the building of the Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo. The unfolding controversy has been reported by our Western Correspondent, Lorna Siggins, ever since. In an extract from her new book she recalls how, in late 2006, heightened security and escalating protests caused the situation to boil over

Corrib pipeline hearing concludes


A hearing by An Bord Pleanála into a revised route for the controversial Corrib gas pipeline has ended.

The hearing, held in Belmullet, Co Mayo, lasted 22 days.

In a statement afterwards, Shell Ireland said that expert evidence presented to the hearing had shown that the risk from the proposed pipeline was no greater than that posed by existing gas transmission pipelines across the country.

Opponents of the project who gave evidence at the hearing say they still believe it poses unacceptable risks to health and safety.