"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
A BBC radio documentary examining controversial aspects of oil and gas exploration in Ireland aired on BBC Radio Ulster today (Sunday, October 2nd, 2011). As the title suggests, ‘Ulster’s Oil and Gas Giveaway’ deals primarily with exploration north of the border, including fracking in Co Fermanagh and oil exploration around Rathlin Island. In the final 10 minutes, the programme also looks at exploration down south.
It is available to listen on the BBC website for seven days (i.e. until Sunday, October 9th). It will air again on Thursday, October 6th (so will presumably be available online until October 13th).
• Ulster’s oil and gas giveaway (30 min documentary; available until Oct 13th, 2011)