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August 2010

Gormley under attack as Corrib gas hearing opens

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

ENVIRONMENT Minister John Gormley was yesterday accused of allowing ‘a free-for-all’ by Shell in north Mayo while cynically stalling on the controversial incinerator project in his own constituency.
As yet another oral hearing into the contentious Corrib gas project opens this morning (Tuesday 24) in Belmullet, County Mayo, leading activist, Vincent McGrath  has vowed the project “will still have to be forced through”.

Fiery debate in Belmullet as Corrib gas oral hearing re-opens

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

Fourteen years after the Corrib gas field was discovered 70 kilometres off the Mayo coastline, An Bord Pleanála reopened an oral hearing into Shell’s planning application for the last section of the controversial high-pressure gas pipeline in Belmullet, County Mayo, this afternoon.

Shell hearing opens as ex-employee blows whistle on oil & gas giveaway

Andrew - WSM

Earlier this week the government announced its intention to give away the last exploration blocks in the Irish sea to private corporations under its "open door" policy.  Today in Erris Shell starts the latest round of its long attempt to impose an experimental raw gas pipeline on the community, back from its defeat early in the new year when the long running community protests forced An Bord Pleanala to block the original ludicrous route for the pipeline that took it through the village of Rossport.  Meanwhile the community continue to resist Shell with borehole

Engineer to inquire into Shell survey for proposed gas route

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

THE DEPARTMENT of the Environment is sending a senior engineer to north Mayo to investigate a complaint about Shell EP Ireland’s preliminary survey work on its proposed new Corrib gas pipeline route.

The department’s investigation into aspects of Shell’s geological testing work in Sruwaddacon estuary has been confirmed on the eve of An Bord Pleanála’s resumed oral hearing into actual State approval for the revised route.

Corrib pipeline hearing to resume

LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent


An Bord Pleanála’s resumed oral hearing into State approval for the proposed new Corrib gas pipeline route opens in Belmullet, Co Mayo, this morning.

It comes almost 10 months after An Bord Pleanála turned down permission for a previous route option, as up to half of it was “unacceptable” on safety grounds due to proximity to housing.

Another Beat the Boreholes Success, Shell's Drilling Work Stopped

The resistance to Shell's work continues

Work was stopped for about three hours on Monday afternoon when people walked out at low tide and got under Shell's drilling platform.

Proposed new route for the Corrib pipeline

The details of a proposed new route for the Corrib gas pipeline are being revealed at an An Bord Pleanála hearing in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

Shell Ireland is seeking planning permission to build an undersea tunnel to carry a 4.9km section of the pipeline.

For the past eight years Shell has been trying to get planning permission and local agreement for the key section of pipe linking the offshore gas field with the refinery it has built at Bellanaboy, which is 9km inland.

Shell proposes sea tunnel plan for Corrib pipeline

Belfast Telegraph

The bitter battle over the 3bn euro Corrib gas discovery resumes today, now hingeing on a new plan to build a giant underwater tunnel to bring the fuel ashore.

The alternative route for the pipeline will be outlined at an An Bord Pleanala oral hearing, 10 years after the planning battle began.

The planning authority ordered Shell E&P Ltd to redesign the pipeline for a third time and move it away from homes, ruling that it posed an "unacceptable risk".

New plan sought for Corrib gas line


Another phase of the Corrib gas pipeline controversy in Co Mayo will be played out today when a new plan will be unveiled to bring the fuel ashore.

Shell Ireland is seeking planning permission to build an underwater tunnel for a 4.9 kilometre section of the pipeline, moving it further away from homes in the area, something that has been the subject of a long-running campaign by a group of local residents. 

Ireland’s property crash could have been avoided

Frank Connolly - Irish Central

2006 report exposing Anglo-Irish behaviour was quashed

Irish American billionaire Chuck Feeney’s effort to establish the Centre for Public Inquiry to examine corporate and political culture in Ireland was destroyed after political and media pressure was brought to bear.