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Here’s Why Dubliners Should Care About a Mayo Natural Gas Field

Andy Storey - DublinInquirer

Erris, County Mayo, is a long way from Dublin. But events there have huge economic significance for the country as a whole, including the capital city.


Gas is finally flowing through the controversial pipeline in Erris, bringing raw gas ashore from the Corrib field for refining. Shell, the project leader, is bragging about its success. At peak production, it is expected that the field will produce the equivalent of 45,000 barrels of oil per day.

But already local people are alarmed by intense levels of gas flaring – burning off flammable gas and potentially producing dangerous emissions – on New Year’s Eve, confirming many residents in their long held doubts about the safety of the project.

The various issues around the project include not just health and safety, but also environmental protection, human rights abuses, and the integrity of the planning process. All are important and have been well documented elsewhere.

But, from the point of view of the country as a whole, isn’t the fact that exchequer returns, energy security and jobs are all being boosted an overwhelming economic positive?

Well, it might be – if all those things were actually going to happen. A bookletLiquid Assets – published by the campaign group Shell to Sea in 2012 meticulously documents how limited are the gains Ireland as a whole will accrue from the project and from any future oil or gas discoveries.

Posted Date: 
7 January 2016

Gas flaring at Corrib plant ‘frightening’, says resident

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

[Shell to Sea] See the video of the flaring here

Residents living close to the Corrib gas plant in north Mayo have expressed alarm over the intensity of gas flaring during New Year’s Eve.

Gas flaring during New Year’s Eve at Shell E&P Ireland’s Corrib gas plant. Photograph: Tony Bourke

Gas flaring during New Year’s Eve at Shell E&P Ireland’s Corrib gas plant. Photograph: Tony Bourke

Shell E&P Ireland has said the flaring is “entirely normal” as part of the procedure where first gas is released to shore from the field, 83km off the coast.

The company has said local residents have been advised that flaring will take place “intermittently” over the next few days, following the switch-on of the plant after the final operating consent for the project was issued by Minister for Energy Alex White on December 29th.

Flaring or burning off of flammable gas is activated if there is a pressure rise within the plant, or a confirmed fire or gas release.

Posted Date: 
1 January 2016

Minister White's Christmas Message to the People of Mayo & the High Court

Shelver - Indymedia

White gives High Court the two-fingered salute

White uses Christmas to sign off on Corrib gas despite pending judicial review of EPA licence.

 Minister White's Christmas message to the High Court & the people of Mayo

Minister White's Christmas message to the High Court & the people of Mayo

Posted Date: 
31 December 2015

Press Release: Desperate measures for a desperate Corrib project

--  Minister White slips consent to Shell during Christmas period --

Shell to Sea have called the granting by Alex White of consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline - desperate and disgraceful. Permission was granted despite Shell's EPA consent to operate the Corrib Gas refinery currently being admitted for hearing before the High Court. [1]
Shell to Sea is of the view that Shell possibly had contractual obligations which required that Corrib gas flow before end 2015 so they once again snapped their fingers at government to do the needful - in this instance the government of 'law and order' has shown itself no different to Fianna Fáil.

Spokesperson Terence Conway stated "Over the years campaigners have been constantly lectured by politicians about the need to respect the laws of the land and courts, but again with Corrib we are seeing there is one law for them; another law for us."

Glór Na hAoise –Triple CD of music and words inspired by Shell to Sea

Charlie McBride - Galway Advertiser

Albums features Damien Dempsey, John Spillane, Leo moran, and Frances Black

OVER THE past decade the Shell To Sea protest campaign against the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo has not only made headlines in Ireland but around the world. In that time numerous artists - musicians, authors and poets - have lent their support to the campaign with an array of songs and writings that tell the stories of the issues and personalities involved with great eloquence and power.

Glór na hAoise is a newly released triple-CD which brings together for the first time all the music and poetry created in solidarity with the people of north Mayo and charting the story of a grassroots campaign and a global oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell. Artists such as John Spillane, Jinx Lennon and John Hoban sketch the scenario which unfolded as local people asked for their concerns to be addressed but were met first with spin and slander and later with the baton, the jackboot, and the prison cell.

Posted Date: 
12 December 2015
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