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January 2011

WikiLeaks revelations: Pernicious influence of Royal Dutch Shell

By: 
Former employee of Shell Oil USA - RoyalDutchShellPLC.com

It is clear from these cables that Royal Dutch Shell has the Dutch government in their hip pocket. No surprise there, the Queen must get her dividends. Royal Dutch Shell management apparently thinks it has so much influence it can dictate foreign policy matters to ALL of the G8 governments? Isn’t that a revelation. Maybe not after all we have learned about Shell’s not so secret ‘shadow government’ in Nigeria.

Minister to decide within weeks on final section of Corrib gas pipeline

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

MINISTER FOR Energy Eamon Ryan is expected to issue a decision in “the coming weeks” on Shell E&P Ireland’s application to construct the last section of the Corrib gas pipeline. But it could still be two years or more before the gas starts coming ashore.

Mr Ryan’s decision will follow An Bord Pleanála’s landmark ruling yesterday that approved the developer’s revised plans for the onshore link.

Corrib gas project receives planning permission

By: 
Mayo News

THE final section of the Corrib gas pipeline has received planning permission from An Bord Pleanála. This decision means that Shell can now proceed to link the pipeline landfall at Glengad to the €1 billion gas terminal at Bellanaboy. This is the third application made at Shell Exploration and Production in the last ten years in relation to the project.
The revised new route will include an undersea tunnel going through Sruwaddacon Bay, which will carry a 5km section of the pipeline.

Last section of disputed pipeline gets green light

By: 
Paul Melia - Irish Independent

GAS from the controversial Corrib Gas field could be flowing into homes and businesses within three years after An Bord Pleanala yesterday gave the go-ahead for the final section of the pipeline.

 

Shell to Sea vows to continue resisting onshore pipeline

Opposition to Shell’s inland refinery and high-pressure onshore pipeline will continue and escalate, the Shell to Sea campaign said today.

The campaign was reacting to today’s news that An Bord Pleanala has granted permission to Shell to lay the onshore pipeline carrying raw gas through the areas of Glengad, Pollathomais, Aughoose, Leenamore and Bellanaboy.

Corrib pipeline gets approval

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

An Bord Pleanála has approved Shell E&P Ireland’s third proposed route for the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline with 58 conditions.

Inspector Martin Nolan, who chaired last year’s resumed oral hearing on the revised plan, says that the application’s “clarity and transparency” provides “confidence that the safety of the public is fully protected, and that the public will not be put at risk”.

How the West was divided

By: 
William Hederman - Irish Examiner

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

THIS is not the first book about the Corrib gas saga to feature ominous storm-clouds on its cover.

Gas explosion rips through US city

By: 
ITN

A giant natural gas explosion has killed a utility worker in Philadelphia.

The explosion was caught on video as firefighters and utility employees worked to patch a high pressure gas main that had ruptured in a residential neighbourhood.

The body of the Philadelphia Gas Works employee was found after flames calmed down.

Four other workers and one firefighter were transported to local hospitals, the Philadelphia fire commissioner confirmed.

Final section of Corrib pipeline gets go ahead

By: 
RTE

An Bord Pleanála has approved planning permission for the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline in north Mayo.

An Bord Pleanála has approved planning permission for the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline in north Mayo.

It is the third application made by Shell E&P Ireland in over a decade.

The revised new route will include an undersea tunnel going through Sruwaddacon Bay, which will carry a 5km section of the pipeline.

Tight security at Fianna Fáil event

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Garda security was tight at the public meeting hosted by Fianna Fáil TD Frank Fahey in a Galway hotel last night, with both uniformed and a number of plain-clothed Garda present both in and outside the conference room.

Mr Fahey said he had not requested the Garda presence at the Clayton Hotel, and said that everyone was welcome to attend, including a number of protesters supporting the Galway Unites Against the Cuts campaign.