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January 2016

Here’s Why Dubliners Should Care About a Mayo Natural Gas Field

By: 
Andy Storey - DublinInquirer

Erris, County Mayo, is a long way from Dublin. But events there have huge economic significance for the country as a whole, including the capital city.

 

Gas is finally flowing through the controversial pipeline in Erris, bringing raw gas ashore from the Corrib field for refining. Shell, the project leader, is bragging about its success. At peak production, it is expected that the field will produce the equivalent of 45,000 barrels of oil per day.

But already local people are alarmed by intense levels of gas flaring – burning off flammable gas and potentially producing dangerous emissions – on New Year’s Eve, confirming many residents in their long held doubts about the safety of the project.

The various issues around the project include not just health and safety, but also environmental protection, human rights abuses, and the integrity of the planning process. All are important and have been well documented elsewhere.

But, from the point of view of the country as a whole, isn’t the fact that exchequer returns, energy security and jobs are all being boosted an overwhelming economic positive?

Well, it might be – if all those things were actually going to happen. A bookletLiquid Assets – published by the campaign group Shell to Sea in 2012 meticulously documents how limited are the gains Ireland as a whole will accrue from the project and from any future oil or gas discoveries.

Posted Date: 
7 January 2016

Ethical BG …is Shell a good fit …given that The Corrib Project stinks all the way to the top

By: 
John Donovan - RoyalDutchShellPLC.com

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Subject: Ethical BG …is Shell a good fit …given that The Corrib Project stinks all the way to the top

Posted Date: 
6 January 2016

EPA to investigate flaring incident as Corrib gas flows

By: 
Anton McNulty - Mayo News

THE Environmental Protection Agency are to investigate the flaring of gas from the Corrib gas plant in Bellanaboy which lit up the night’s sky on New Year’s Eve.
Natural gas has been flowing from the plant in Bellanaboy since last Wednesday when the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White issued the final consent for Shell E&P Ireland to operate the Corrib natural gas pipeline, linking the subsea gas facilities to the Bellanaboy site.

Posted Date: 
6 January 2016

Corrib gas protesters did State some service

By: 
Ruairí McKiernan - Irish Times

Actions secured important safety improvements to the project and helped create a much needed national debate about the management of our natural resources

The Rossport five (LtoR) Michael Ó Seighin, Brendan Philbin, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath and Philip McGrath leaving the four courts yesterday after being released from prison in 2005.

The Rossport five (LtoR) Michael Ó Seighin, Brendan Philbin, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath and Philip McGrath leaving the four courts yesterday after being released from prison in 2005.

As gas is flared into the skies above north Mayo, it is worth reflecting on a project that has been one of modern Ireland’s greatest scandals, a stunning fiasco in planning, economics, environmental protection and the abuse of civil liberties.

Far from it being just about energy supply, jobs and development, the Corrib gas project cuts to the core of this republic and asks big questions about how the country is run.

For more than 10 years now, campaigners have attempted to highlight the project’s many flaws.

Posted Date: 
5 January 2016

EPA investigating gas flaring levels at Corrib gas project

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times
Staff member at Shell’s gas terminal in Erris.  Shell acknowledged that the flaring was “exceptional”

Staff member at Shell’s gas terminal in Erris. Shell acknowledged that the flaring was “exceptional”

Posted Date: 
4 January 2016

“A fantastic way to spend New Year’s Eve.”

By: 
Tanya Jones - GreenLassie.com

“A fantastic way to spend New Year’s Eve.”

Celebrating with a beloved family?  Making plans to bring about a better world?  Kissing a stranger in Trafalgar Square?  Playing the new board games you got for Christmas?  Getting smashed with a couple of mates?

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Posted Date: 
4 January 2016

‘Frightening’ Shell gas pipeline flares spook Ireland

By: 
RT
 
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Residents on the west coast of Ireland witnessed a fiery New Year’s Eve sky show coming from Shell’s controversial natural gas project.

Gas from the Corrib field started flowing for the first time on December 30th after two decades of battles with locals and environmentalists.

Posted Date: 
4 January 2016

EPA investigating gas flaring levels at Corrib gas project

By: 
Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

Activity can only be used for ‘safety’ or ‘non-routine’ reasons, agency says
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is investigating the intense flaring of gas at the Corrib gas plant which alarmed north Mayo residents on New Year’s Eve.

The EPA has confirmed it is “liaising and will continue to liaise with the licensee, Shell E&P Ireland Ltd regarding the operation of the flare”.

It says under the project’s emissions licence conditions, flaring can only be used “for safety reasons or for non-routine operational conditions”.

Posted Date: 
4 January 2016

Videos of the flaring on New Years Eve 2015

Posted Date: 
1 January 2016

Gas flaring at Corrib plant ‘frightening’, says resident

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

[Shell to Sea] See the video of the flaring here

Residents living close to the Corrib gas plant in north Mayo have expressed alarm over the intensity of gas flaring during New Year’s Eve.

Gas flaring during New Year’s Eve at Shell E&P Ireland’s Corrib gas plant. Photograph: Tony Bourke

Gas flaring during New Year’s Eve at Shell E&P Ireland’s Corrib gas plant. Photograph: Tony Bourke

Shell E&P Ireland has said the flaring is “entirely normal” as part of the procedure where first gas is released to shore from the field, 83km off the coast.

The company has said local residents have been advised that flaring will take place “intermittently” over the next few days, following the switch-on of the plant after the final operating consent for the project was issued by Minister for Energy Alex White on December 29th.

Flaring or burning off of flammable gas is activated if there is a pressure rise within the plant, or a confirmed fire or gas release.

Posted Date: 
1 January 2016