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Final draft of Corrib pipeline report due

The final recommendations of a Government sponsored report into the safety of the controversial Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo are to be made public later today.
The report and an accompanying statement from the Minister for the Environment, Noel Dempsey, is expected to set out the conditions under which Shell will be allowed to construct the 9km onshore pipe.
Local residents, including the five Rossport men who spent 94 days in prison last year, have been opposing the planned pipeline because they say it would pose an unacceptable risk to their health and safety.
Shell Ireland, which wants to construct the pipeline, says it plans to build the pipeline to the highest international standards.
The report was drawn up by the UK-based risk management consultancy company, Advantica.
It will also include the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Group to the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources.
The initial draft of the report, published last December, recommended that the pressure at which gas would be pumped through the pipeline should be reduced.
That report also recommended a formal framework to monitor all aspects of the pipeline operation should be put in place.
Minister Dempsey is expected to set out his views on the project in a statement to be issued along with the final report.

Posted Date: 
2 May 2006 - 10:24am