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130 objections to Shell licence

Marian Harrison - Western People

MORE than 130 submissions on Shell’s application for a foreshore licence have been sent to the Department of the Environment, writes Marian Harrison.

The closing date for submissions was Tuesday last and Shell to Sea members have called on Minister for the Environment John Gormley to protect the environment and reject the licence for works on Sruwaddacon estuary. Shell’s application includes proposals to drill up to 80 bore-holes.

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway said Sruwaddacon estuary is a very important part of the local landscape, as well as being both an environmentally protected SAC and an SPA.

“Shell is trying to understate the damage they will cause, but we have examined the application, and five to seven months of works means a serious amount of damage to the estuary. The proposed works would have a very damaging effect on the protected salmon and bird-life that populate the area,” he said.

“Responsibility for this area has recently switched to John Gormley’s Department of the Environment, and now it’s time for the Greens to show their backbone and stand up for the environment here in North Mayo,” he added.