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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

Offshore licences ‘will boost Irish oil deals’

Geoff Percival - Irish Examiner

British exploration firm Europa Oil and Gas is hopeful of landing a development partner for licences it holds off the Irish coast before the end of the year.

The company was yesterday awarded four more licensing options, in three basins, in the final tranche of awards from the Government’s recent Atlantic Margin Licensing Round. It means the company now has seven licences in Irish waters.

[Shell to Sea]  The Giveaway continues - Listen to Mick Blakes song "The Giveaway" recently featured on the campaign CD - Glór Na hAoise


Posted Date: 
5 June 2016

Largest act of larceny against Irish people

Eddie Hobbs - Irish Examiner

We don’t own our natural resources under Article 10 of the Constitution. It needs to be repealed, but is there anyone with the bottle to take it on, asks Eddie Hobbs

Atlantic, narrated by the feral voice of Brendan Gleeson, is the second in a remarkable series of evocative films by Risteard O’Domhnaill who, starting with The Pipe, charted the story of Rossport tucked behind the dunes amid the sentinel cliffs of Erris Head and Broadhaven Bay.

Pulling the camera lens high above the dramatic coastline and its Corrib gas pipeline, Atlantic brings the audience the story of the North Atlantic itself and the battle between local and international corporations — a struggle, at its heart, between individuals and closely bound communities and those who are lobbied, in national government and in Brussels.

Posted Date: 
2 June 2016

McCabe threat to injunct inquiry report

Michael Clifford - Irish Examiner

[Shell to Sea]  We salute the bravery and tenacity of Sergeant Maurice McCabe in trying to bring much needed reform to the Gardaí and Irish legal system. 

Sergeant Maurice McCabe threatened to bring a High Court action to injunct the O’Higgins report after receiving a draft copy that made no mention of the attempt to attribute to him a motive of malice for raising his concerns about garda malpractice.

The Irish Examiner revealed on Friday that counsel for the Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told Mr O’Higgins that evidence of a meeting between Sgt McCabe and two other officers would show that he was motived by malice.

When Sgt McCabe produced a tape recording of the meeting in question, the matter was dropped and the whole affair was not included in the final report.

Posted Date: 
18 May 2016

Shell Oil Spill Dumps Thousands Of Barrels Of Crude Into Gulf Of Mexico

Huffington Post

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform, federal regulators said.

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said a 2 mile by 13 mile (about 3 km by 21 km) sheen was visible in the sea about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast.

About 88,200 gallons was reportedly released from the pipeline, the Coast Guard said, adding the source of the discharge was reported as secured.

The sheen is near Shell’s Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells whose production flows through a subsea manifold to the Brutus platform, which sits in water with a depth of 2,900 feet (884 m).

Posted Date: 
15 May 2016
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