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September 2010

Shell's Team of Experts and Executives Blocked by Protest

jen debender and da ram - RSC - Indymedia

The folks in suits finally got a taste of the conflict they've been orchestrating for the past decade.

Representatives from Shell and their panel of expert witnesses were prevented from leaving the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing Thursday night by peaceful protesters. 

Shell expects pipeline protest to escalate

Áine Ryan - Irish Times

SHELL EP Ireland has said if permission is given for the last section of the controversial Corrib gas pipeline, it expects local resistance to escalate.

The resumed An Bord Pleanála hearing into the project, which opened three weeks ago, has been extended for another week due to lengthy questioning by objectors.

At yesterday’s hearing in Belmullet, Co Mayo, Shell expert witnesses addressed questions put by locals about design, stability and safety of the project.

People Vs The Pipe - Interview with Richard O'Donnell

CBC News

Director Richard O'Donnell talks about 'The Pipe,' his documentary about a small Irish community that takes on oil giant Shell 

See it here:


Also on Newstalk 106-108fm

Hundreds march against pipeline

Vanderhoof Omineca Express

Approximately 400 people marched through downtown on Wednesday to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

The protest, organized by the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, was held to coincide with pre-hearing sessions of the federal joint review panel assessing the proposed pipeline. Protesters filled a city block as they marched with signs, drumming and chanting rally slogans.

Protesters stated concerns about climate change, the expansion of the Alberta Oil Sands, aboriginal land title, potential oil spills and the impact on the natural environment.

Stealth Planning further exposed at Shell Oral Hearing

Lulu - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

September 1913 and The Great Gas Giveaway cross paths at Shell Oral Hearing

The Bord Pleannala oral hearing saga continued today in Bellmullet at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, looking at the Compulsory Acquisition Orders of the present project application of the Shell Corrib Gas proposed estuary pipeline route, as well as various other aspects of the project. The various concerns raised by local objectors and the Rossport Solidarity Camp were not appeased by Shell's experts, and the question of whether the project was in 'the public interest' was once again raised by Mr Leo Mulrooney, Barrister for local land owners.

Shell raises objection to revised emissions licence for Corrib

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

SHELL E&P Ireland has lodged an objection with the Environmental Protection Agency over a revised emissions licence for the Corrib gas terminal in north Mayo.

Shell originally sought the revised emissions licence as part of a commitment to Erris fishermen. However, it has objected to certain conditions set by the agency in its proposed “determination”, issued last month.

Shell to Sea Issues Compulsory Acquisition Order on Shell Office in Belmullet

jen debender - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

“Shell has decades of experience in compulsory acquiring lands against people’s wishes and we will endeavour to bring the same high standards to Erris” –'Shell' executive in mock ceremony

Local residents gathered at the Shell office in Belmullet early Monday morning to serve a Compulsory Acquisition Order (CAO) on Shell’s property and to prevent Shell workers from entering the building.


Press Release - Shell to Sea issues Compulsory Acquisition Order on Shell Office in Belmullet

Press Release: Issued by Shell to Sea - Monday 13th September 2010

Shell to Sea issues Compulsory Acquisition Order on Shell Office in Belmullet

Local residents gathered at Shell’s offices in Bellmullet to serve a mock Compulsory Acquisition Order (CAO) on Shell’s property, preventing Shell workers from entering the building early Monday morning.

Former Statoil Director questions Government Safety regulation

Mike Cunningham - former Director of Statoil Ireland Limited

Gulf of Mexico-type pollution disaster could not happen here, says Minister – from the Irish Times 28th June 2010.

According to Minister of State for Natural Resources , Conor Lenihan a catastrophe such as the recent Deepwater Horizon explosion which killed 11 workers and set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history could never happen here. Well I have news for him, yes it it could.

Tederick Review of The Pipe

Matt Brown -

The system is broken. This is not new information. Governments, corpulent with redundancy, no longer control the planet. Corporate interests are the new governing bodies. Laws criss-cross each other so that, above all, if the police need to make you stop doing something they don't like, they can do it, even if they're doing it in service of something else which is also breaking the law. (If you are attending the Toronto Film Festival this year, you might have had an encounter along those lines during the G20.)