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Press Release: 65 seconds of Shell/Corrib sales will pay €1,000 flaring fine

-- Shell fined EUR1,000 while making an estimated EUR240 million in Corrib sales so far this year --

Yesterday (5th September) at Dublin District Court, Shell were fined EUR1,000 after pleading guilty to causing light and noise pollution from gas flaring at Bellanaboy refinery last New Years Eve. The prosecution was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following complaints from people living around the Bellanaboy refinery.[1]

The EUR1,000 fine is estimated to be 65 seconds worth of current Corrib sales revenue after Vermilion, who have an 18.5% stake in Corrib gas, recently stated that Bellanaboy had reached "full plant capacity" [2,3]. It is estimated that Corrib Gas sales revenues have totalled over EUR240 million so far this year, while no tax has been paid.

New book by Donegal woman exposes story behind Ireland’s gas and oil

Donegal Now

Informed by her PhD research, Dr Amanda Slevin's new book Gas, Oil and the Irish State: Understanding the Dynamics and Conflicts of Hydrocarbon Management (Manchester University Press) gives answers to those questions and offers the first comprehensive account of the Irish state and how it manages its gas and oil.

Dr Amanda Slevin, a Convoy woman, became interested in Irish gas and oil when the Rossport Five were jailed in 2005. Amanda’s academic and community activist background led her to wonder how and why the Corrib gas dispute emerged and what role the Irish state played in the evolution of the conflict.

Posted Date: 
2 August 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

Companies charged with workplace breaches following Corrib gas death

Edwin McGreal - Mayo News

Case is adjourned to Circuit Criminal Court on June 21

Two companies have been sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar on charges following a workplace accident which resulted in the death of a man working on the Corrib gas tunnel in 2013. 
Twenty-six year old Lars Wagner was killed, in September 2013, while he was working on the construction of a tunnel for the Corrib gas project. 
Mr Wagner, a German native, was working on boring a tunnel to carry the project’s gas pipeline under Sruwaddacon Bay to the Corrib gas refinery at Bellenaboy. 
Two companies, BAM Civil Limited and Wayss and Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, were before Belmullet District Court today (Wednesday) where Judge Alan Mitchell was told each company was being sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court. Each face three similar charges. 
The charges all relate to breaches of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005. 
Both companies were contracted by Shell to carry out the tunnel boring project in north Mayo. 

Posted Date: 
8 June 2016
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