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July 2012

Protest called for Ballina as Armed Police move Tunnel Boring Machinery for Shell

Place: Dunne Stores, Ballina

Date: 30 July 2012 - From 9pm


Hundreds of Garda deployed to protect Shell's machine from the people of Ireland


[Shell to Sea]  Shell to Sea will be holding a protest in Ballina tonight from 9pm, meeting at Dunne Stores, to protest against the Tunnelling Machine and the occupation of Mayo by corporate interests. All welcome.

A huge secretive Garda security operation last night swung into operation in Dublin Port as Shell's Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) left the port as part of a huge convoy of Garda vehicles.  News of the operation had leaked at the last minute meaning that with only an hours notice a handful of Shell to Sea campaigners managed to get down to the port entrance despite the pouring rain.  Most of us were pulled over and questioned by Garda at least once and the Garda helicopter stayed overhead as various Garda vehicles including a van load of riot cops with the door open drove past us repeatedly.

Posted Date: 
30 July 2012

Tunnelling Machine on route to Mayo

Rossport Solidarity Camp

The TBM has been sighted at Dublin docks tonight (Sun) in three trucks, and is allegedly setting off towards Rossport this evening.

TBM leaving Dublin Port

Shell to Sea are calling for anyone available tonight and over the next couple of days, to delay the transporters and/or follow the convoy and let the camp know the route or if you have any related info. Preferably phone the camp mobile on 0851141170, or else email

Posted Date: 
29 July 2012

Ireland : Marine Notice Pipeline Survey – Corrib Gas Field

BYM News

Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and Seafarers

Pipeline Survey – Corrib Gas Field

Posted Date: 
28 July 2012

News Release: Rabbitte's betrayal further exposed by Providence's 1.6 bn barrel oil find

The recent announcement that the Barryroe field off Cork could contain up to 1.6 billion barrels of oil, further exposes Pat Rabbittes' betrayal of Irish interests with his oil and gas policy.

In a direct contradiction of Minister Pat Rabbitte's previous statements, a recent cross-party Oireachtas committee found that the current oil and gas terms are much too generous to the oil companies and the tax rate on finds should be raised by up to another 55%.  Last year Pat Rabbitte disgracefully issued exploration licences for 250,000 sq km off the Irish coast, despite the pending Oireachtas committee report, and just as Providence was embarking on what it termed the "the largest co-ordinated multi-basin drilling carried out offshore Ireland"[1]

“These resources belong to the Irish people”

Maria Tracey - The Cork News

Local appeals to bring a valuable oil field off the Cork coast back into public ownership have been rebuffed by the State, with a government spokesperson telling The Cork News that Providence Resources has the right to produce the natural resource within the licensed area.

Calls had been made to the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte to take Barryroe into public ownership after Providence outlined this week that there may be between one billion and 1.6 billion barrels “in place” at the oil field, four times as much as originally expected.

Posted Date: 
27 July 2012

Drillers to earn €53bn from Irish oil find

Helen Bruce - Irish Daily Mail

But experts say State may not get a cent

Drillers could pocket €53billion from a new find of 1.6billion barrels of oil off the coast of Cork - but the Irish taxpayer may have to wait years to even see a cent of it.

Yesterday, politicians and economists called for an overhaul of current policy - which means Ireland has no stake in its natural resources and can only hope to regain a fraction of its worth via taxation.

The international tax average is 68 per cent, but Ireland's tax term means we could only net between 25 per cent and 40 per cent of the value of the oil bonanza, which at current crude oil prices would be worth between €13billion and €21billion.

Experts warn that exploration companies need only pay tax once they show an operating property, and that they can first write off all their costs of exploration in Irish waters and of developing the oil field.

 A cross party Oireachtas committee has recently proposed raising the tax take from large oil and gas finds up to 80 per cent of profits, which would se the Barryroe oil field contribute €42.4billion to the Irish economy.

Posted Date: 
27 July 2012

Friday the 13th Day of Solidarity

Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Shell's haulage was repeatedly stopped by protesters from Rossport Solidarity Camp during today’s day of solidarity with the community in Erris under siege from the imposition of the Corrib gas project. There were three actions at different locations along Shell's haulage route between Aughoose and Bangor Erris, which resulted in a significant disruption to the haulage. The actions were also in solidarity with the reclaim the Land action against open cast coal mining in Scotland planned for tomorrow.

lorry occupied
lorry occupied

Posted Date: 
16 July 2012

Corrib delay 'deters exploration'

Paul Melia - Irish Indepedent

THE long delay in bringing the Corrib gas field into production has led to a "lack of interest" from companies willing to invest in oil and gas exploration.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) yesterday warned that despite the potential for other finds off our coastline, the delays in completing the Corrib project had resulted in companies looking elsewhere.

About 10 billion barrels of oil, or its gas equivalent, are believed to be present in Irish territorial waters.

Posted Date: 
16 July 2012

Peoples' Forum - July 2012

[Shell to Sea] Below is a report from the Peoples' Forum held on the 7th July.  It contains the presentations that were made on the day from Dónal Ó Mearáin of Table Observers, Betty Shult: Local resident and William Hederman: Freelance Journalist.



Reports and Reportage 


The Corrib Gas saga, now in its 12th year, continues to raise issues of democratic concern in the proposed receiving environment but not unfortunately within a wider discourse. This session of the Peoples’ Forum examines the human rights issues raised by the continuance of this project with emphasis on the local experience, reports by human rights observers and the reportage of the issue by mainstream media.

Posted Date: 
11 July 2012