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Press Release: Another Corrib Gas figurehead gone, the community endures.

News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Yesterday it emerged that Terry Nolan has announced that he is to resign as managing director of Shell E&P Ireland limited at the end of the year. The resignation comes hot on the heels of a string of controversies engulfing the Corrib gas project.

Recently, Shell suffered a health & safety nightmare when a local contractor for Shell was videotaped using a tractor to drag an occupied car through Shell's Ballinaboy gas refinery. The incident occurred on the 25th of August this year after the driver of the car was waved into the refinery compound by security through the side gate of the site. A video of the incident - which has been posted online on the website youtube - includes footage taken from inside the car as it is being dragged with its rear end lifted off the ground by the tractor. Footage taken of the incident from the front and side gates of the refinery is also included in the clip.

Terry Nolan joins a long list of Shell employees, government ministers and members of An Garda Siochána whose involvement in the project has been outlived by resistance to its imposition.

Former managers of the Corrib Project include Brian Ó Catháin (2000 - 2002) who was MD of Enterprise Energy Ireland Ltd before the company was bought out by Shell. The previous MD was Andy Pyle (2002- 2008) who sought to jail the Rossport 5 in 2005.

Politicians who have come and gone from the controversy include Ray Burke, Frank Fahey, Bertie Ahern, Noel Dempsey, Michael McDowell, Eamon Ryan and John Gormley.

In the 6 years since heavy Garda involvement in the project, Belmullet Garda station has gone through superintedents Joe Gannon, John Gilligan and Michael Larkin. Patrick Diskin is the current Superintendent.

Speaking on Terry Nolan's exit, Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington said: " 'Important' people come and 'important' people go - with no personal accountability for the decisions they made but with fine fat pensions; places like the Niger Delta and the communities who live there pay the price. We will continue to fight to defend Erris against such a fate'


Video clip of car being dragged through refinery:
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Terence Conway             086 0866264     
Maura Harrington            087 9591474  

The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:
1) That any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.

2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.

3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery.

*This figure is based on the estimate, issued by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) in 2006, that the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the Rockall and Porcupine basins, off Ireland’s west coast, is 10 BBOE (billion barrels of oil equivalent). Based on the average price of a barrel of oil for 2010 of $79, this works out at $790 billion, or €580 billion. This does not take account of further oil and gas reserves off Ireland’s south & east coasts or inland. The total volume of oil and gas which rightfully belongs to Ireland could be significantly higher. Also, as the global price of oil rises in the coming years, the value of these Irish natural resources will rise further.