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Archbishop Tutu calls for independent inquiry into policing of Corrib gas project

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Signatories supporting call by Afri include former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday and ex-Garda Sgt Bernard McCabe

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary general Denis Halliday have called for an “urgent and comprehensive” independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project.

They are among a group of signatories supporting the call by peace and justice group Afri, while the Front Line Defenders human rights organisation also said policing of the Corrib gas dispute should be included in “any Government inquiry” into Garda accountability.

Posted Date: 
29 March 2014

"Airing Erris", Episode 2

Atlantic Stream


This is the second installment of "Airing Erris", a seminar on the media treatment of the Shell Corrib issue. The discussion is evolving to examine the relationship between vested interests and the media and their increasing control and interference in civil issues. Furthermore, could technological advances spell the end of traditional media and our reliance on them for our news? Speakers include; - Ed Villiamy The Observer) - William Hederman (Journalist) - Richie O Donnell (Director, The Pipe The Film)

Posted Date: 
16 March 2014

Gas, Gender, and Ideology: Reflections on a Prime Time Debate

Amanda Slevin - Irish Left Review

As I sat in the audience of a Prime Time feature on Irish gas and oil (RTÉ, March 11, 2014), I wondered what I was doing there. I’m probably not the first person to ponder their attendance on such an occasion but it was a unique thought for me as I’ve been interested in the topic of Irish gas and oil for over 8 years.

Posted Date: 
16 March 2014

Rabbitte asks oil industry whether licensing terms are too generous to oil industry

William Hederman -

Minister dictates what consultants’ findings should be: that things are fine the way they are

Wood Mackenzie logoLast week Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte named the company chosen to carry out a “fitness-for-purpose” review of Ireland’s infamous licensing terms for oil and gas exploration. Unfortunately, the company he has tasked with carrying out this review is Wood Mackenzie, a company at the heart of the very industry that stands to gain from Ireland’s “attractive” licensing regime remaining as it is. Wood Mackenzie is an oil industry consultancy firm: what Mr Rabbitte is asking it to do is recommend whether or not he should reduce the share of revenue that some of its clients will receive from the sale of Irish oil and gas.

Wood Mackenzie’s parent company Hellman & Friedman also jointly owns an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) engineering company with oil major Total (see note below).

Interestingly, one piece of consultancy work carried out by Woodmac (as it is familiarly known in the industry) was a private study for Shell E&P Ireland in 2003 into Shell’s Corrib Gas project. That study projected that Shell and its partners could expect to pay just €340 million in tax to the Irish exchequer on their earnings from Corrib. That extraordinary revelation is dealt with in this article I wrote in 2011:
Ireland’s share of revenue from Irish gas fields could be as low as 7%, report shows

In fairness to Mr Rabbitte, he probably didn’t choose Woodmac himself. The choice will have been made by his officials in the Petroleum Affairs Division of the Dept of Energy and Natural Resources, who have consistently been sympathetic to the oil industry.

Posted Date: 
14 March 2014

News Release - Inappropriate energy advisors selected on oil and gas terms

News Release - Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea - March 11th, 2014

-- Department select consultants with close oil company links to advise on Irelands Oil and Gas terms --
Shell to Sea today criticised the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for selecting Wood Mackenzie as their advisers on the “fitness-for-purpose” of Ireland’s current oil and gas fiscal terms. Shell to Sea also criticized the tendering process and the pro-oil industry press statements that have come from the Department in regard to this selection of advisers. [1]
This review was forced on the Department after the Joint Oireachtas Committee report on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration in May 2012, which recommended, among other things, a review of offshore fiscal and licensing terms before each licensing round. [2]

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