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Concern over increasing frequency of Corrib Gas Flaring

By: 
John Donavan - RoyalDutchShellplc.com

A gas flaring event is the burning off of flammable gas released by pressure relief valves as a protection and safety measure during unplanned over-pressuring of plant equipment.

The attached authentic Shell document lists over 260 gas flaring events that have already taken place at the new Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal.

It is noticeable that the unplanned events appear to be increasing, rather than declining e.g. 58 gas flaring events were recorded in just 9 days in January 2016. 

Gas flaring presents an environmental hazard.

Extract from Wikipedia article “Gas flare

Improperly operated flares may emit methane and other volatile organic compounds as well as sulfur dioxide and other sulfur compounds, which are known to exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems. Other emissions from improperly operated flares may include, aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, xylenes) and benzapyrene, which are known to be carcinogenic.

 

Flaring can affect wildlife by attracting birds and insects to the flame. Approximately 7,500 migrating songbirds were attracted to and killed by the flare at the liquefied natural gas terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on September 13, 2013.

How is the local population to judge if the unplanned flaring is properly or improperly controlled? Shell does not have a  reputation for competence, honesty, or transparency. Ask the US Coastguard

RECENT COMMENTS ON GAS FLARING

“Gas flaring is a visual reminder that we are wastefully sending CO2 into the atmosphere,” said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Reducing gas flaring can make a significant contribution towards mitigating climate change.”

SHELL RECORD OF GAS FLARING EVENTS AT BELLANABOY

Corrib Gas flaring events at Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal 

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Posted Date: 
20 February 2016