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December 2010

Board ruling soon on Corrib high-pressure pipeline

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

AN BORD Pleanála expects to issue a decision shortly on the penultimate stage of the Corrib gas project.

The board is considering a third route for a high-pressure pipeline, linking the landfall to its inland gas terminal completed at Ballinaboy, under the Strategic Infrastructure Act.

It had indicated a ruling would be given last week on the route, which has been applied for by Shell EP Ireland and partners Statoil and Vermilion. The ruling is now anticipated before the end of the year.

Irish Times review - The Pipe

Donald Clarke - Irish Times

WOULD YOU really want to watch a film that – setting one talking head against a dozen more – attempts a measured, comprehensive explanation of the controversy surrounding Shell’s efforts to lay that troublesome gas pipeline through Broadhaven Bay in Co Mayo? Probably not. The prospect sounds just a little dry.

'The Pipe' a gritty look into Shell controversy

There are some, indeed plenty of, excellent documentaries hitting our cinema screens these days and this one, close to home, fits the bill to perfection with its classic David and Goliath story of a rural community pitted against the combined, ruthlessly uncaring, power of corporate clout and government compliance.

Human Rights in Ireland: Policing in Ireland

Vicky Conway - Queens University

I’ve written previously about the Corrib Gas controversy (here, here and here) and more generally about policing in Ireland (here).

The Pipe & Corrib on The View

John Kelly is joined on the View by writer Manchan Magan, film maker Lelia Doolan, and writer and documentary-maker Deirdre Mulrooney.  They review and discuss the film The Pipe and also some of the issues about Corrib.

You can see it here:
or here:
The discussion on The Pipe starts 7:55 into the show.

Gormley branded “a hypocrite” over Aarhus Convention

Press Release: Issued by Shell to Sea – Tuesday 23rd of November 2010

Oil & Gas giveaway continues despite economic meltdown.

Beidh iomrá ar ‘The Pipe’


Buaiteoir an Ghradaim don Scannain Fáisnéise is Fearr i bhFéile Scannáin na Gaillimhe.

Beidh ‘The Pipe’ á sheoladh sna Pictiúrlanna ón 3ú lá de mhí na

Scéal corraitheach é ‘The Pipe’ faoin gcoimhlint atá  ag dul ar aghaidh idir mhuintir Ros Dumhach agus an comhlacht ollmhór cumhachtach ola agus gáis, Shell.

Review: The Pipe


THE PIPE (Ireland/15A/82mins) Directed by Risteard O'Domhnaill. Starring Pat O'Donnell, Maura Harrington, Willie Corduff, Mary Corduff.

Halloween Skill-share Weekend at the Rossport Solidarity Camp

RSC - Rossport Solidarity Camp

Over Halloween the Rossport Solidarity Camp held a skills-share weekend. There was a good selection of workshops to choose from including NVDA (Non-Violent Direct Action), knots, climbing, renewable energy & sustainable activism. 

Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta

Ed Kashi - The Guardian

Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, by the photojournalist Ed Kashi, documents the consequences of 50 years of oil extraction in the Niger delta. Oil companies operated here for decades with very little environmental supervision and the delta, notoriously beset by conflict and poverty, has been steadily pushed towards ecological disaster. Villagers struggle to live off land and water poisoned by years of oil spills, and crops fail under the acid rain caused by gas flares.