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December 2010

Shell hope for “20 or more Corribs” in Irish waters – WikiLeaks

A SENIOR OFFICIAL from Shell Ireland told the second-in-command of the US delegation to Ireland that his company thought there may be “20 or more” offshore gas fields of the size of the Corrib Gas development, according to a leaked diplomatic cable.


Shell on Human Rights & Freedom of Speech: Spin VS Reality

Alfred and John Donovan

Our outspoken friend, the former employee of Shell Oil USA, has raised the question of why Shell has not sued us for libel. Extracts from an article we published in February 2006 are informative on the subject. Since then, Shell was legally obliged to supply us with internal documents including one indicating that Shell decided long ago that it will never take legal action against us.

Winter skillshare 15th-16th of January 2011 in Barr na Coille

  •  tree talk and tree planting
  • timber handling demonstration
  • guided foraging walk
  • craft workshops
  • soapmaking and needle work

WikiLeaks: Shell’s astonishing revelations about Nigerian corruption

John Donovan -

This U.S. diplomatic cable, classified as “secret”, reports on a briefing given to the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin R. Sander, in February 2009  by Shell Executive VP, Ann Pickard, now Country Chairman of Shell Australia.

During a discussion of the high level of corruption in Nigeria, Pickard gave as an example, a bribery demand by Nigerian Attorney General Aondoakaa that he would sign a document only if paid $2 million immediately, and another $18 million the next day.

Happy Christmas & New Year

Happy Christmas to all our supporters and friends.

Nnimmo Bassey was arrested when he took these flare photos for trespassing in a toxic environment.

Justice in Nigeria Now

Nnimmo Bassey was arrested last night along with others in Oben, Edo State, Nigeria shortly after taking these pictures. The captions are his.  Gas flares have been illegal in Nigeria since 1984!

Providence to start 12-well programme off Irish coast in 2011

Thomas Molloy - Irish Independent

[Shell to Sea] Please be advised that the Irish Independent is controlled by Tony O Reilly, who also owns oil & gas exploration company Providence Resources.

Corrib gas project decision deferred

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

24th Dec.2010

LORNA SIGGINS Marine Correspondent

AN BORD Pleanála has deferred its decision on the penultimate stage of the Corrib gas project until the new year.

The board’s decision on a third pipeline route, submitted by Shell under the Strategic Infrastructure Act, was expected before the end of this month.

The application, which would involve tunnelling under Sruwaddaccon estuary, a special area of conservation, was the subject of an oral hearing that concluded on October 1st.

Corrib & Wikileaks cable discussed on Morning Ireland


On RTE's Morning Ireland show, Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times discusses the recent Wikileaks cable which quoted a senior Shell executive saying that there "could be 20 or more Corribs out there".,2876702,28767...

'The Pipe' makes it into top 5 Irish films of 2010

Donald Clarke - Irish Times

DONALD CLARKE  on Irish films that stood out in 2010