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Corrib protestors target drilling barges

Marian Harrison - Western People

THE protests against the Corrib gas project show no sign of letting up with seven people arrested in Sruwaddacon Bay last week.

Barges drilling boreholes came under attack as protestors attempted to disrupt work on Thursday morning. Those arrested were taken to Belmullet Garda Station but were released without charge. Gardaí are now preparing files for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Meanwhile, objectors to the Corrib project have saved themselves €15,000 by lodging a single community submission to An Bord Pleanála in relation to the revised pipeline route.

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway says some individual submissions were also made but if every resident who signed the community submission had acted independently An Bord Pleanála would have netted a whopping €15,250.
The oral hearing on the proposed new route, which will see gas pumped through a tunnel in Sruwaddacon Bay, is expected to reopen on August 24 and will continue for four to five weeks.

Consultants RPS, who have been employed by Shell to work on the Corrib project, apologised last week for omitting material submitted to An Bord Pleanála as part of its new pipeline application.

The "administrative oversight" is not expected to delay the resumed oral hearing.