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December 2010

Oral hearing on Corrib gas pipeline could be reopened

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

AN BORD Pleanála has said it is considering a request from a north Mayo community group to reopen the oral hearing into the Corrib gas pipeline.

The request was sent to the board late this week by community group Pobal Chill Chomáin, which is opposed to the new pipeline route on health, safety and environmental grounds.

Shell to be prosecuted over Bacton gas terminal fire

Rowena Mason - The Telegraph

Royal Dutch Shell is facing "serious" charges for alleged environmental and safety problems connected to a fire at its Bacton gas terminal almost three years ago

Pipes are seen at the Bacton Gas Terminal

The Great Gas Giveaway - We deserve better

Thérèse Ruane - Sinn Féin Councillor
A chara,

Wikileaks: Shell “Infiltrated” Nigerian Government

Ben Amunwa - Remember Ken Saro Wiwa

One diplomatic cable from the Wikileaks has sparked a public relations disaster for Shell Nigeria. Following the frontpage story in The Guardian this Thursday, Shell’s vice-like grip on Nigeria has been exposed.

Budget Day drama on Kildare Street

WH - Indymedia

Rossport Solidarity Camp and Shell to Sea campaigners were out in numbers on a media-thronged Kildare Street in Dublin this morning in advance of Brian Lenihan’s presentation of the Budget for 2011.  

Brian Lenihan taking back money gifted to oil companies as part of his alternative Budget
Brian Lenihan taking back money gifted to oil companies as part of his alternative Budget

Shell has spies in Nigerian ministries, agencies –WikiLeaks

The Punch

Online whistleblower, WikiLeaks, has revealed that multinational oil giant, Shell, has inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians’ moves in the Niger Delta, the Guardian of London reports.

Ann Pickard, then Shell’s vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa, told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew “everything that was being done in those ministries.”

WikiLeaks cables: Shell's grip on Nigerian state revealed

David Smith - The Guardian

US embassy cables reveal top executive's claims that company 'knows everything' about key decisions in government ministries

1,500 turn out for noisy protest at Budget severity

Ronan McGreevy & Conor Lally - Irish Times

ABOUT 1,500 people demonstrated outside the gates of Leinster House yesterday evening in a noisy protest against the Budget.

The protesters included members of the Shell to Sea campaign, Sinn Féin, the Republican group Éirígí and other left-wing organisations, many of whom spent the whole day outside Leinster House.

Press Release: Giveaway budget to follow u-turn on natural resources

-- Street theatre outside Dail at 11 a.m. on Budget day --

Brian Lenihan will announce a giveaway Budget on Tuesday thanks to a surprise move that has solved Ireland’s economic crisis at the stroke of a pen. In a dramatic u-turn by Fianna Fail, Ireland’s vast oil and gas reserves are being reclaimed by the Government. These natural resources are valued at 540 billion euro.

The Finance Minister - played by an actor from the Shell to Sea campaign - will be presenting the giveaway Budget from 11 a.m. on Tuesday outside Leinster House on Kildare Street.

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has estimated that up to 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent in oil and gas lies in the Atlantic Margin area of Ireland’s offshore territory ( At 2010 prices this is worth approximately €540 billion.