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July 2016

Corrib flaring before court

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

SHELL E&P Ireland will appear before Dublin Metropolitan District Court on September 5 next over an intense flaring incident at the controversial Corrib refinery on December 31 last, The Mayo News can confirm. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has confirmed it issued a summons to Shell last week after a six-month investigation into what locals described as a ‘frightening’ event.  They said it lasted 30 to 40 minutes, lit up the sky and was seen from as far away as Achill and Foxford. The fire from the giant chimney stack was accompanied by a ‘low, loud rumble like a supersonic boom’, according to local witnesses

Posted Date: 
13 July 2016

EPA is prosecuting Shell over Corrib gas flaring incident

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Energy giant is accused of breaching its emissions license at refinery in north Mayo

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is prosecuting Shell E&P Irelandfor breaching its emissions license at the Corrib gas refinery in north Mayo.

A summons was issued by the EPA late last week, The Irish Times has learned.

The prosecution relates to the EPA’s six-month investigation into an intense flaring incident at the refinery on December 31st, 2015.

Residents who had experience of test flaring over the past year had described as “frightening” the activity, which lasted for about 30 to 40 minutes, from about 8.15pm on New Year’s Eve.

They reported burning smoke and a ball of fire which “lit up the sky” and which was accompanied by a “low loud rumble like a supersonic boom”.

The flaring took place two days after final operating consent for the project was issued by former energy minister Alex White on December 29th, 2015.

Posted Date: 
6 July 2016

Shell is being prosecuted over emissions at Corrib gas refinery

Darragh Murphy -

The EPA confirmed to that a summons was issued last week over a flaring incident at the gas refinery

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agency has begun a prosecution against Shell for emissions at its Corrib gas refinery in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo.

Posted Date: 
6 July 2016