SHELL E&P Ireland has received a written warning from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) about breaches of conditions regarding the construction of its pipeline at Aughoose, a Corrib gas project site in north-west Mayo.
Madam, - Terry Nolan of Shell's call for "real dialogue" on the Erris pipeline/refinery stand-off does not convince. He says, for example, that "the project has been through a rigorous planning and consents process". This is disingenuous: did he not notice Lorna Siggins's report in your edition of October 19th which referred to omissions from the original environmental impact statement regarding cold venting (the release of contaminated gas into the atmosphere), and explained how the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources refused to allow North Mayo residents to address it on this issue?
"In a State that has completely lost its moral core it’s almost inevitable that those who tenaciously pursue their principles and speaks out against the hypocrisy of power will find themselves silenced."
Robert Ballagh on the jailing of Margaretta D’Arcy