"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
Welcome for support for Independent Commission - Joint Statement with Dr Jerry Cowley TD
April 26, 2007 at 1:13 pm | In Statements | No Comments
We wish to warmly welcome the continued support we are receiving for our proposal for an Independent Commission. Such a Commission would examine the optimum development concept for the Corrib gas project according to the criteria of best technology and community consent.
Yesterday, Dr Jerry Cowley led a multi-party delegation for discussions with Statoil on this proposal. We welcome the continued support we are receiving from the Labour Party, the Green Party, Sinn Fein, the Socialist party and Independent TDs and Senators. We are confident that an Independent Commission offers the only viable solution to resolve the Corrib gas conflict.
That the Corrib gas project needs a full review is clear from last week’s High Court decision. Shell must now apply for a new pipeline route and this requires a new Plan of Development. The opportunity therefore exists to re-design the project taking into account new technological advances and community consent.
This problem needs to be resolved. We, for our part, will continue in our endeavours to achieve an agreed political and legal solution.