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February 2011

Key consents signed for pipeline

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Acting Minister for Energy Pat Carey signed key consents for the Corrib gas pipeline on the day of the general election last Friday.

A ministerial consent to construct the pipeline as recently approved by Bord Pleanála were signed by Mr Carey under section 40 of the Gas Act on February 25th.

He also approved a change to the plan of development for the Corrib gas field. The original plan was signed by former marine minister Frank Fahey before the 2002 general election.

Call to ratify planning information convention

LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent, The Irish Times

PLANNING ISSUES: TWO GROUPS involved in separate planning challenges on the west coast have called on the incoming government to implement a key piece of international legislation linking human rights and environmental issues.

Indigenous Ecuadoran woman humbles US oil giant

Valeria Pacheco - AFP

RUMIPAMBA, Ecuador — She has no legal training, and doesn’t speak the Spanish that dominates government in Quito but indigenous villager Maria Aguinda helped bring a landmark judgment against US oil giant Chevron for polluting the rain forest she calls home.

The diminutive grandmother whose modest home sits near marshes clogged for decades in sticky oil has been at the heart of the David-and-Goliath case, and spoke out after Chevron was slapped last week with a $9.5-billion fine, among the heaviest ever handed down for environmental damage.

Stopping Shell's Survey Work

Rosspor Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Today, 12 people from the Rossport Solidarity Camp walked onto the land where Shell intend to build their compound to disrupt survey work. No one was arrested.

Stopping Work

Shell Survey Work Disrupted

J Debender - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

This Wednesday 23 February four people from the Rossport Solidarity Camp went down to the beach in Aughoos to disrupt the survey work going on on the public beach, and one person was arrested.

Providence Resources: License decision & CPR add weight to West Coast prospects - Ambrian

Jamie Ashcroft - ProActive Investors

There is now more weight behind Providence Resources (LON:PVR) belief that there is a significant source of recoverable hydrocarbons off the west coast of Ireland, according to Ambrian Capital.

This morning the Dublin-based oil firm gave investors a positive update on the Spanish Point and Burren hydrocarbon discoveries, which are hosted on the Frontier Exploration Licence 2/04 & 4/08, in the porcupine basin off the south west coast of Ireland.

Providence eyes Irish seismic

Upstream Online

AIM-listed Providence Resources plans to shoot a new 3D seismic survey this summer on its acreage off the west coast of Ireland.

The 200 square-kilometre survey will be carried out on the explorer’s frontier exploration licence 4/08 in the Main Porcupine basin about 200 kilometres offshore.

Providence aims to integrate data acquired from this survey into its earlier 3D seismic acquisition covering the Spanish Point gas condensate discovery in FEL 2/04, which has revealed a number of new prospective features.

NTSB chief concerned about rash of pipeline cases

Joan Lowy - Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A rash of pipeline accidents across the country — including one in San Bruno, Calif., last September that killed eight people — has raised safety concerns and overburdened federal investigators, a top safety official said Thursday.

It's too soon to say whether the five accidents the board is investigating indicate widespread safety problems in the pipeline industry, but investigators are looking for recurring problems, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said.

El Conducto - Spanish review of The Pipe


The Pipe (el Conducto) es un documental que narra la lucha de los habitantes de una pequeña localidad costera del noroeste de Irlanda cuya vida, de pronto, se ve perturbada por la instalación de una tubería de conducción de gas natural.

Get ready to stop Shell!

Stop Shell Hell - rossport solidarity camp

non violent direct action training 5-6th march