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December 2009

Corrib gas field cost €1.5bn in 2008

Gordon Deegan - Irish Times

Shell to Sea highlight: "The returns also show that Shell EP Ireland has received tax credits of €48 million in the last five years from the exchequer."

THE TOTAL spend on developing the Corrib gas field off the Mayo coast to the end of December last amounted to just under €1.5 billion.

Farmers sue Shell over oil spills in Niger Delta

Sarah Arnott - The Indepedent

Four Nigerian farmers will launch a ground-breaking pollution claim against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell in a court in The Hague today.

The farmers’ case alleges that three separate oil spills from Shell’s operations contaminated fields and fishing ponds in villages in the Niger Delta, destroying the claimants’ livelihoods. But today’s hearing is to consider the more arcane question of whether a Dutch court has jurisdiction over activities in another country.

Martin Ferris TD highlights Corrib failure in debate on Foreshore Bill

This Bill is to be welcomed if it ensures that the process of granting Foreshore licenses and in dealing with dumping at sea is tightened up. As it stands there are a number of issues that have caused concern, particularly in relation to the Foreshore licenses.

Review of Ken Saro Wiwa Memorial Weekend

Rudiger - Indymedia

This weekend saw the annual Ken Saro Wiwa memorial weekend being held in Erris, Co Mayo. This was the 14th such memorial weekend, and is held in memory of the Ogoni leader who was hung along with 8 other men because of their opposition to Shell. The weekend was organised as Sr Majella McCarron, who told the assembled crowd during the weekend of how she had worked closely with Saro Wiwa for 18 months while she was in Ogoniland and continued to communicate with him up until the time he was detained and subsequently hung.

Press Release: Saro-Wiwa memorial weekend looks at worldwide struggles

Last weekend saw a very successful 14th edition of the Ken Saro-Wiwa memorial seminar taking place in Inver, Erris. Among the focuses of the weekend was examining how Human Rights issues faced by local people can be addressed through Human Rights Law. Much of the seminar centred on learning about the struggles of other communities facing oppression from large multinationals and state forces, and how we in Erris can act in solidarity with them. The recent An Bord Pleanala decision was also discussed.