"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.”
Judicial review proceedings seeking to quash consents for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline open in the Commercial Court today, writes Lorna Siggins. The three separate challenges are being taken by An Taisce and two north Mayo residents
Reviews have been granted for the planning permission approved last January by An Bord Pleanála for the latest pipeline route, and for consents issued by former minister for energy Pat Carey and current Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan for the pipeline. Shell EP Ireland is a notice party to the proceedings, as is Mayo County Council. An Taisce was last week granted leave for a judicial review of the foreshore licence issued by Mr Hogan this year, which will be heard.