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Corrib onshore route to be announced within days

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

Corrib route announcement

AN Bord Pleanála’s (ABP) decision about the modified route of the controversial Corrib gas pipeline is set to be announced on Thursday next (October 22), The Mayo News understands.
A board spokesman confirmed yesterday that ‘it was working towards the deadline’ of Thursday but would not confirm that date precisely. He also told The Mayo News that the board had not sought further information from Shell regarding a geo-technical survey carried out by Shell personnel in Aughoose last week.
Protest groups Pobal Chill Chomáin and Shell to Sea have expressed concerns about these works. In a letter to the board, Mr Vincent McGrath observed that since many of the landowners he represented had made ‘valid objections to the application’, they had a right to know if new information had been sought.
Meanwhile, Shell to Sea has stated that such works pre-empt the planning decision, citing the recent contempt of court case over Shell agents entering commonage lands at Rossport.
“As if we needed another example, this illustrates the unbridled arrogance of Shell. We are now operating under Shell law and not the law that the rest of the country operates under,” said spokeswoman, Maura Harrington. 
Speaking to Mayo County Coucil last week, the County Secretary John Condon said that the company had a right to carry out works on private lands where it had the permission of the landholder.
Moreover, a Shell spokesman confirmed yesterday: “Shell E&P Ireland can confirm that it is carrying out site investigation works on private lands in Aughoose.