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15 Shell to Sea campaigners up in Belmullet court as Corrib project under Judicial Review

 

Press Release- Issued by Shell to Sea- Wednesday 12 October, 2011
 

 

15 people are due in Belmullet district court today facing public order charges for protesting against the Corrib gas pipeline.
 
Most of the charges are connected with blocking Shell traffic during the early phases of the onshore pipeline construction, which many believe should not have taken place while there are still questions to be answered about the legality of the Corrib project.
 
An Taisce is currently pursuing a Judicial Review of An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant planning permission and two other consents for the onshore pipeline. Today is the second day of the hearing.
 
Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway comments:
“15 of us are here facing charges for protesting against a project that is currently under legal challenge in the court system. Shell is the one in serious breach of EU law, but we are the ones the State is interested in.”
 
This morning at 6:45am a group of people went down to Shell's tunnelling compound in Aughoose, Co. Mayo to block workers from entering the site.
 
Another group of Shell to Sea campaigners went to block the entrance to Shell's office in Belmullet at 8am this morning, and are still currently stopping the office workers from entering.

 

ENDS

 

 

Links: www.shelltosea.com

 


FOR FURTHER COMMENT:

Terence Conway             086 0866264      

Maura Harrington            087 9591474   

 

 

The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:

 

1) That any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.

 

2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.

 

3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery. 

 

*This figure is based on the estimate, issued by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) in 2006, that the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the Rockall and Porcupine basins, off Ireland’s west coast, is 10 BBOE (billion barrels of oil equivalent). Based on the average price of a barrel of oil for 2010 of $79, this works out at $790 billion, or €580 billion. This does not take account of further oil and gas reserves off Ireland’s south & east coasts or inland. The total volume of oil and gas which rightfully belongs to Ireland could be significantly higher. Also, as the global price of oil rises in the coming years, the value of these Irish natural resources will rise further.