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November 2011

Resistance to Shell continues – Shell to Sea Day of Solidarity

By: 
éirígí

13/11/11

Last Friday [11 November], over 100 people gathered at the gates of the Ballinaboy gas refinery in Erris, County Mayo in solidarity with the local community and in memory of Nigerian activist Ken Saro Wiwa and his eight comrades, executed in November 1995 by the Nigerian dictatorship for resisting Shell’s destructive operations in the Niger Delta.

Posted Date: 
19 November 2011

Brazil: Up to 2,600 barrels of oil leaked

By: 
Bradley Brooks - Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nearly 110,000 gallons of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic Ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, Brazil's environmental protection agency said Friday.

Officials think between 8,400 to 13,800 gallons of oil leaked each day from Nov. 8 through Tuesday, Ibama said in a statement on its website. Chevron had said that only 16,800 to 27,300 gallons in total leaked into the ocean.

Posted Date: 
19 November 2011

Shell reports new spill in southern Nigeria

By: 
Agence France-Presse

YENAGOA, Nigeria — Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell on Sunday reported a fresh spill from a key delivery pipeline in southern Nigeria, but said it has contained the leak.

“SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Company) contained a spill in Adibawa delivery line which was reported yesterday (Saturday),” Shell’s Nigerian joint venture said in a statement.

“We had dispatched our spill containment team to the site as soon as we received the reports and the personnel succeeded in containing the leak,” it said.

Posted Date: 
19 November 2011

Corrib Gas row the subject of show in Tulca Festival of Art

By: 
The Connacht Tribune

Putting a human face on people who have been dragged through the media was among the reasons why one of Ireland’s top young artists, Seamus Nolan decided to tackle the controversy surrounding the Corrib Gas project in Mayo.

His video, Oral Hearing re-enacts the final session of the Bord Pleanála oral hearings about the laying of controversial high pressure pipes in North Mayo to bring gas onshore from the Corrib Gas Field. This work is being shown as part of this year’s Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, which is currently running in the city.

Posted Date: 
19 November 2011

Campaigners block Shell's peat haulage morning after An Taisce faces local community

By: 
Annie - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

An Taisce settles with State and leaves community to defend Sruwaddacon

On Tuesday 15th November, An Taisce board member Attracta Uí Bhroin travelled to Belmullet Civic Centre to defend the withdrawal of An Taisce’s legal challenges to the validity of consents for the Corrib Gas project. An Taisce have claimed that their settlement is a 'victory for the environment' despite the fact that the State remains in breach of European environmental directives in proceeding with the Corrib project. The next day campaigners stopped Shell’s peat haulage outside Bellanaboy refinery site to demonstrate that despite An Taisce settling with the State, local campaigners will continue to defend the safety of the community.

16.11.11 Stopping Shell's haulage outside the refinery at Bellanaboy
Stopping Shell's haulage outside the refinery at Bellanaboy

Posted Date: 
18 November 2011

Final cost of Corrib Gas project set to be close to €3 billion

By: 
Gordon Deegan - Irish Times

THE FINAL cost of the controversial Corrib Gas project is now set to be close to €3 billion and it may be late 2014 before gas is finally flowing from the field.

The revised cost estimate emerges from documents just filed with the companies office here by Shell EP Ireland Ltd.

The accounts show the total outlay on the project to the end of December 2010 was €2.16 billion.

Posted Date: 
18 November 2011

Occupy Shellanaboy set up at refinery gates in Erris

By: 
Andrew - Shell to Sea - Indymedia

Shell compound at Aughoose shut down during day of solidarity

About 40 Shell to Sea campaigners blocked the Aughoose compound this morning - all Shell employees prevented entering compound 7.30 to 9.30. The road was kept open to local traffic by the campaign. There was no Garda presence. Just after 10 Shell to Sea activists started setting up an Occupy Shell Corrib Camp at the gates of the refinery in a show of solidarity with the global Occupy movements!

Posted Date: 
18 November 2011

Total cost of Corrib to hit €3bn

By: 
Gordon Deegan - Irish Examiner

THE final cost of the controversial Corrib Gas project is now expected to near €3 billion, as one of the partners admitted that it may not be until late 2014 when gas is finally flowing.

Posted Date: 
18 November 2011

French journalist arrested during Corrib protests

By: 
Mayo News

A French journalist who was researching the Corrib gas dispute for a French magazine was arrested for public order offences at a recent protest.
Adrein Blondel (21) with an address at 25 Derrybeg Drive, Newry, Co Down was arrested for failure to comply with the direction of the gardaí and willful obstruction during a protest at Ballygelly South, Glenamoy on November 3 last.
Superintendent Pat Diskin told Belmullet District Court that Mr Blondel was arrested when he was among 15 people who obstructed a cement lorry going to the Shell compound in Aughoose.

Posted Date: 
18 November 2011

An Taisce faces critics over Corrib court case

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

AN TAISCE is set to be strongly challenged for settling High Court Judicial Review proceedings about the controversial Corrib Gas project when it facilitates a meeting tonight (Tuesday) in Belmullet.
Community group, Pobal Chill Chomáin says the national trust’s withdrawal from the case, on October 27 last, had created a serious legal vacuum about the project.

Posted Date: 
18 November 2011