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October 2011

Challenges to Corrib pipeline settled

By: 
RTE

Legal challenges to the construction of sections of the Corrib gas pipeline have been settled at the Commercial Court.

The challenges were brought by local residents Peter Sweetman and Monica Muller and An Taisce against An Bord Pleanála's decision in January to grant permission to Shell E&P Ireland for its third proposed route for the pipeline.

They claimed the proposed pipeline crossed several areas of special interest in Co Mayo that were protected by the EU Habitats Directive.

Posted Date: 
27 October 2011

Corrib pipeline challenge settled

By: 
BreakingNews.ie

A number of legal challenges aimed at quashing consents for the construction of sections of Corrib gas onshore pipeline have been settled.

Two local residents, Peter Sweetman and Monica Muller, Rossport South, Ballina, Co Mayo who own land 500m south of the proposed pipeline and An Taisce, the heritage protection agency, had separately challenged An Bord Pleanala's decision last January granting permission to Shell E&P Ireland for its third proposed route for the pipeline.

Posted Date: 
27 October 2011

Shell's Q3 profits soar on higher oil price

By: 
Tom Bergin - Reuters

(Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) reported a doubling in profits on Thursday thanks to higher oil prices, robust demand for gas and stronger refining margins, and said it would continue to sell off non-core assets.

Posted Date: 
27 October 2011

Video Clip - Visit of Rossport residents to Norway 2008

By: 
The Pipe The Film

Visit of Rossport residents and politicians, including Michael D Higgins, to meet Norwegian Parliamentarians and Statoil in 2008 to present their case and put pressure on Shell to change their approach to the Corrib project

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2594126970801

Posted Date: 
27 October 2011

Devins: closure of courts not justified

By: 
Western People

DISTRICT Court Judge Mary Devins has hit out at the Courts Service, reminding it that the “administration of justice does not end in Lucan”.

Speaking on the imminent decision to centralise the district courts in Claremorris, Kiltimagh and Swinford to Castlebar, Judge Devins said the plan was “utterly nonsensical”, especially when it only costs the Courts Service a mere €17,400 per annum to hold the sittings in their current locations.

Posted Date: 
27 October 2011

Major PG&E gas line ruptures during hydro test

By: 
Jaxon Van Derbeken - San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO -- A major Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas transmission line serving the Bay Area ruptured during a pressure test Monday south of Bakersfield, just as the company was planning to boost gas levels on the pipeline to meet winter demand.

The 34-inch transmission line that runs from the Arizona border to Milpitas failed during a spike test at 9 a.m., blowing a crater in an alfalfa field near the town of Weedpatch (Kern County), PG&E officials said.

Posted Date: 
26 October 2011

Tromluí ag titim ach sa chibearspás

By: 
Mícheál Ó hAodha - Irish Times

BEOCHEIST: BHREATHNAÍOS AR an scannán The Pipe le déanaí. Scéal truamhéalach. Pobal beag ag cur i gcoinne mhaorlathas na mórchumhachta. Troid idir an t-am atá thart agus an t-am atá le teacht b’fhéidir?

Posted Date: 
26 October 2011

Do we want Fracking in Fermanagh?

By: 
Andy Pollak - SluggerOToole.com

How many people know what ‘fracking’ is?  I knew little about this controversial new mining practice until a green-minded friend from Leitrim contacted me about it last month. Fracking is short for drilling for natural gas by fracturing rocks to get access to it.

Posted Date: 
26 October 2011

Sunday Independent article about Corrib protesters was ‘significantly misleading’, Press Ombudsman finds

By: 
William Hederman - IrishOilandGas.com

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint against the Sunday Independent over an article by Jim Cusack about the women at the centre of the Corrib Garda “rape” recording. He has found that the article was “significantly misleading” and that it reported rumour as fact.

The complaint was brought by Jerrie Ann Sullivan, one of the two protesters whose arrest in Mayo on March 31st 2011 led to a Garda sergeant and his colleagues accidentally recording themselves with a digital video camera. During the conversation, they talked about threatening to rape one of the women in their custody.

The wording of the decision is convoluted, due to the complex nature of the case. However, viewed together with Cusack’s article (‘Rape’ claims were hurled at gardai by protesters), the Ombudsman’s decision paints a picture of a crude and highly incompetent attempt to undermine the credibility of the women who brought the recording to public attention.

Posted Date: 
25 October 2011