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The community letter to Shell

Community of Kilcommon

Below is the text of the letter, 409 copies of which were signed by members of the community and given to Shell


Mark Carrigy
Shell E&P Ireland Ltd
4 Údaras na Gaeltachta
County Mayo


Re: Letter of Thursday March 18th 2010 (COR-01-SH-GE-1341)

Mr Carrigy

I am writing in response to your recent letter (your reference above) in which you suggested your company and associates conduct “face-to-face and small group meetings within the community” to discuss “this phase of the Corrib gas project” i.e. possible high-pressure raw-gas pipeline routes through our community.

Following a number of public meetings and wide discussions within the Parish of Kilcommon on the issue, I feel all parties must consider the following points.

  • Despite numerous opportunities to do so, your company/agents did not at any time enter into open and honest discussions with the people of the area.
  • Such discussions should have taken place before the proposed project began, not fourteen years after the Corrib gas field was discovered.
  • Both the current and previous Managing Directors of Shell E&P Ireland Ltd have stated - on record - that no changes will be made to the Corrib project in response to community concerns.

Since the proposed development began, your company and/or agents acting on your behalf have been directly responsible for and/or suspected of the following.

  • Unnecessary destruction of the natural environment at Glengad and Broadhaven Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
  •  Harassment of local people on the roads by construction vehicles in the absence of a proper Traffic Management Plan.
  • Repeated trespass on private property.
  • Contempt of a District Court Order over trespass issues.
  • Threatening letters and phone calls to local residents.
  • Construction of an illegal road through the Special Area of Conservation at Glengad.
  • Installation of an illegal septic tank in Rossport discharging into Sruwaddacon Bay Special Protection Area (SPA).
  • Unjustified and hostile legal action against local residents.
  • The jailing of the Rossport Five.
  • Illegally constructed gas pipeline at Leenamore and Bellanaboy.
  • Continued pollution of the local waterways, including the drinking-water source of Carrowmore Lake.
  • Criminal damage to boats at Ballyglass.
  • Theft of electricity at Ballyglass Pier.
  • Light and noise pollution at numerous locations throughout the parish.
  • Suspected fish-kill at Broadhaven Bay.
  • Illegal boreholes in the SAC at Glengad.
  • Interference with protected Annex II nesting and feeding birds at Glengad and Sruwaddacon Bay.
  • Physical attacks on marine mammals in Broadhaven Bay.
  • Dumping of excavated materials into the coastal waters.
  • Illegal gas pipeline construction at Glengad.
  • Illegal construction compounds in Glengad and Rossport.
  • Fuel and chemical spills in coastal waters
  • Illegal employment of unlicensed security guards.
  • Illegal security operation throughout the parish.
  • Repeated breaches of road traffic laws, including vehicle registration, tax and insurance violations.
  • Harassment of people in public places, including the local beach at Glengad.
  • Video surveillance of bathers – including children – at the local beaches.
  • Video surveillance of people in their homes.
  • Verbal and physical assaults on members of the public, e.g. Willie Corduff on Shell property in 2009.
  • Misleading the public and statutory authorities on technical and health and safety issues.
  • Ongoing attempts to criminalize the local community, e.g. jailing of Erris fisherman Pat O’Donnell.
  • Sinking of local fishing boat “Iona Isle”.
  • Theft of and damage to local fishing gear.
  • Involvement in recruiting international terrorists.


Considering all of the above, which effectively amounts to ongoing and escalating physical and psychological harassment - and particularly whilst Pat O’Donnell remains unjustly incarcerated - I have decided not to meet with you or any of your agents in relation to the proposed Corrib gas project for the foreseeable future.