"From a strategic planning perspective, this is the wrong site; from the perspective of Government policy which seeks to foster balanced regional development, this is the wrong site; from the perspective of minimising environmental impact, this is the wrong site; and consequently, from the perspective of sustainable development, this is the wrong site"
Shell to Sea has called on the Minister for Environment John Gormley to protect the environment and turn down Shell's application for a foreshore license which would entail carrying out destructive surveying works in Sruwaddacon estuary.
“Sruwaddacon estuary is a very important part of the local landscape, as well as being both an environmentally protected SAC and an SPA,” said Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway. “The proposed works would have a very damaging effect on the protected salmon and bird-life that populate the area.
“Responsibility for this area has recently switched to John Gormley's Department of the Environment, and now it's time for the Greens to show their backbone and stand up for the environment here in north Mayo.”