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March 2011

Corrib policing may be discussed at public meeting

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

CORRIB gas protestors offered yesterday to engage with the Belmullet garda chief, Superintendent Patrick Diskin, and his senior management, at a public meeting next weekend, The Mayo News has learned. The offer by Shell to Sea was made in response to a recent invitation by Supt Diskin to meet the group to discuss policing matters relating to the controversial project.  

Conservationists attack Shell over oil drill plans

Lateline - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: Petroleum giant Shell is on a collision course with conservationists over a plan to drill for oil 50 kilometres from Ningaloo Reef, a national heritage listed area.

The industry says it's safe, but critics argue it puts wildlife and irreplaceable coral reefs at serious risk.

Minsi Chung reports from Perth.

Corrib discussed on Tonight with Vincent Browne


Corrib and the great oil and gas giveaway was discussed on Tonight with Vincent Browne on Friday last, 4th of March.  The issues of the giveaway and the signing of the consents by Pat Carey were raised by Ben Dunne and supported by Luke "Ming" Flanagan. However Vincent Browne didn't really seem to want to discuss the issue and half-backed up the deal which Fianna Fail gave to the oil companies.

The Corrib discussion begins 27 minutes into the show.

Last minute decision to approve Corrib pipeline slammed

The Connaught Telegraph

Sinn Féin County Councillor Gerry Murray has slammed the approval given by outgoing Minister Pat Carey to the Corrib gas pipeline. The Minister signed the order on the day of the general election.
Councillor Murray said: "Pat Carey issued this order on the day that he lost his seat and Fianna Fáil lost power.
"He had no political or moral authority to give the go-ahead to a pipeline over which many concerns still exist even with the changes made following the Bord Pleanála ruling.

Community Groups Shell to Sea and Rossport Solidarity Camp reply to Invitation by Senior Garda Management to meet

On February 21st, Shell to Sea and Rossport Solidarity Camp were invited by Supt Patrick Diskin of Belmullet Garda Station to meet with himself ‘and other senior Garda Management’ to discuss their policing concerns ‘if any’ in relation to the proposed Corrib Project.

Both groups have today, 7th March 2011, replied to Supt Diskin inviting himself and other senior Garda Management to a public meeting in Inver Community Centre on Friday, 11th March or some other date at Garda convenience.

What 'profits' from Corrib?

Lelia Doolan - Letter to the Irish Times

Madam, – Leo Varadkar is misleading or misled. He is quoted as saying (Home News, March 2nd): “The State stands to gain at least 25 per cent of profits from Corrib and the sooner the gas is brought ashore, the sooner that money can be used to fund essential services”.

Mobile drilling rig returns to Corrib gas field

LORNA SIGGINS, Marine Correspondent,The Irish Times - Monday, March 7, 2011

SHELL EP Ireland has hired the Transocean-owned Sedco 711 rig to carry out work on a number of wells in the Corrib gas field 80km (50 miles) off the Mayo coastline.

The rig, which is currently in the North Sea, has been commissioned to carry out “intervention work” at four of the field’s wells from April/May to September.

The rig costs just under $500,000 a day, and another $500,000 to staff – totalling an average of $100 million (€71.5 million) for a season of exploration drilling.

Shell chief Peter Voser warns oil demand could outstrip supply

Rowena Mason - The Telegraph

Peter Voser, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, believes the $116 oil price caused by the Middle East crisis will soon ease back, but warned of a longer-term shock where "supply cannot meet demand".

Lack of investment over the past two to three years will most likely be the biggest driver of high oil prices, he said on Friday.

Gas drilling permits for Lough Allen area given

Ronan McGreevy - Irish Times

TWO COMPANIES have been granted licences to explore an area in Lough Allen where it is thought there may be large reserves of natural gas.

The Lough Allen Natural Gas Company (Langco) and Australian-based Tamboran Resources have been given onshore petroleum licences to explore the area which takes in parts of Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon, Cavan and Fermanagh.

The area is known to geologists as the northwest carboniferous basin.