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June 2014

Calls for public inquiry into the policing of Corrib gas project

By: 
Christina Finn - TheJournal.ie

The group said there is no faith in GSOC as it currently exists.

Updated 18.30pm

A NUMBER OF groups have today called for an independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project.

In a statement today, groups such as Shell to Sea, Rossport Solidarity Camp, Pobal Chill Chomain said it was calling for an investigation into the alleged incidents of violence and intimidation during the course of the policing operation.

Posted Date: 
18 June 2014

Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project

We support the recent demands for an inquiry into allegations of systemic Garda corruption and violence. We believe any such inquiry should include the Shell/Corrib pipeline police operation in North West Mayo. This is one of the longest running police operations in the history of the Irish state and has drawn critical attention from national and international human rights organisations1 since 2006 over the alleged violence and intimidation used by Gardaí against campaigners.

In 2007, campaigners submitted complaints en masse against the Gardaí to the newly established Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Out of the 111 complaints received by GSOC between May 2007 and November 2009, 78 were deemed admissible and 7 sent to the DPP. The DPP rejected prosecution in all 7 cases. The majority of campaigners have since stopped submitting complaints to GSOC. In 2010, complaints from 400 Kilcommon residents were submitted to Shell’s Belmullet office detailing the “escalating physical and psychological harassment” continuing in the area. In 2012, residents again submitted a mass complaint, this time to Mayo County Council, outlining serious grievances arising out of the project, including experiences of private security and state policing, with no result. Any inquiry into the policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project cannot ignore the following extract from the minutes of the Shell Committee of Managing Directors meeting held in London 22/23 July 2002:"It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be delayed until 2004 as planning consent had been refused for the terminal. The committee queried whether the Group had sufficiently well placed contacts with the Irish government and regulators. Paul Skinner undertook to explore this issue further in consultation with the Country Chairman in Ireland”.2

 

Posted Date: 
16 June 2014

Oil and gas explorers to spend $1.5bn despite low success rates

By: 
Sarah McCabe - Irish Independent
THERE is still huge interest in exploring Irish waters for oil and gas despite a very slim success rate, new research has found

Industry expects to plough $1.5bn (€1.1bn) into the sector over the next three years despite the fact that only four commercial finds have ever been discovered, according to a survey of 56 oil and gas companies by PwC.

Posted Date: 
16 June 2014

€1.5bn to be spent on Irish oil and gas finds in next three years

By: 
Ciarán Hancock - Irish Times

About €1.5 billion will be spent on oil and gas exploration around Ireland over the next three years, according to a study by accounting group PwC.

Posted Date: 
16 June 2014

Irish Oil & Gas summit disrupted by campaigners

On the 4th of June, the Irish Oil & Gas summit took place in Dublin. A small group of campaigners entered the €2000 per head event to make it clear to the assembled oil executives that there will be resistance to their plans for extracting oil & gas in Ireland.

More details on the protest can be read here: http://www.shelltosea.com/content/protest-2nd-annual-oil-and-gas-summit

Posted Date: 
11 June 2014

Garda Ombudsman Investigation of Shell Corruption allegations in disarray

By: 
John Donovan - RoyalDutchShellPLC.com

The investigation of allegations made by a Shell whistleblower company OSSL, of alleged Shell sponsored corruption of the Irish police, appears to be in a shambles following ill-judged on-the-record comments by the officer leading the inquiry, Johan Groenewald.

The relevant extraordinary email correspondence with me can be viewed here.

Posted Date: 
9 June 2014

Only one country refused to give Vodafone spying data…Ireland

By: 
Jack Horgan-Jones - TheJournal.ie

THE DEPARTMENT OF Justice has been criticised by privacy and digital rights campaigners for failing to provide detail on mobile phone surveillance by the state.

Digital Rights Ireland chairman TJ McIntyre said that the decision not to supply information on surveillance to mobile phone provider Vodafone was based on a ‘makey-uppy’ interpretation of the law.

Vodafone today published the details of surveillance requests submitted to it by governments of the jurisdictions in which it operates.

Posted Date: 
6 June 2014

Protest at the 2nd Annual Oil and Gas Summit

By: 
Earth First Eire
Environmentalists protesting at the the 2nd Annual Oil and Gas Summit in Dublin yesterday were told “I don't care about the planet, burn the lot” after they entered the conference venue to make their voices heard. Several were also pushed to the ground although some managed to start a debate with the speaker. We have been sent the following detailed account of yesterdays protest.

“Protest at the 2nd Annual Oil and Gas Summit

Posted Date: 
5 June 2014

Explosions and fire at Dutch Shell plant

By: 
Telegraph

Part of a Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands is engulfed in flames after a series of explosions

A massive explosion at a Shell oil plant in the Netherlands followed by a fire left two people injured on Wednesday, authorities said.

Posted Date: 
5 June 2014