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Move to ban issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland

Kevin O'Sullivan

[Shell to Sea] Amazing to see that Fianna Fáil are supporting a bill to ban the issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland. 

Solidarity-People Before Profit Bill to go before Dáil

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: ‘We have to keep 80 per cent of all known fossil fuels in the ground if we are to have any chance of fighting climate change.’  File Photograph: Reuters

A move to ban the issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland features in a proposed Bill to be put before the Dáil by Solidarity-People Before Profit.

The Bill’s backers hope the level of cross-party support achieved last year, which resulted in a ban on fracking in Ireland, will be secured for their proposed legislation.

The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) Climate Emergency Measures Bill 2018 is due to be debated during Private Members Time on Wednesday.

Posted Date: 
7 February 2018

Policing Reform - A List of Don'ts

Shell to Sea has today made its submission on Policing Reform to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

To help in the quest on policing reform, Shell to Sea have come up with a list of don’ts, that if followed would improve policing in Ireland.

The Corrib Gas protests are the single largest source of Garda complaints that GSOC have had to deal with although no Garda has ever been held to account for their law-breaking and abuse of powers.

Among the List of don'ts are:

  • Don’t be surprised that after you promote violent Gardaí, that they use violence.
  • Don’t be surprised that after you promote Gardaí who have a tendency to lie, that they don’t tell you the truth.
  • Don’t allow Gardaí claiming to be suffering from PTSD, to continue policing the people they say caused the PTSD.
  • Don't hold people under water when policing on water.
  • Don’t waste alcohol breathalysers.  If you need to bump up the figures, use them on Gardaí going to police early morning protests.
  • Don't talk about raping protestors you have just arrested.
  • Don’t be telling the media you’re looking for fellows with balaclavas when they are right beside you.
  • Don’t be passing drink from private companies to the Gardaí on the Athlone by-pass.
  • Don’t be surprised that if you are sending signals to Gardaí that they have diplomatic immunity that they believe they can do what they want.
  • Don’t arrest people for fishing just because a company wants to lay some pipes while they are gone.
  • Don't use corporate facilities as processing and holding cells for protestors
  • Don’t allow Gardaí to be prosecuting campaigners one week and then join private companies that the campaigners were opposing the next week.

State receives €104m from gas fields [Not Corrib though]

Gordon Deegan - Irish Independent

The State has received over €104m in royalty payments from the operator of the Kinsale and Ballycotton gas fields off the coast of Cork since 1998, new figures show.

According to new figures provided by the Junior Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Sean Kyne, the State last year got €700,000 in royalties from Kinsale and Ballycotton. The payments have been at their lowest level over the past two years in the figures provided to TD Catherine Murphy in a written Dáil reply covering the past two decades.

The payout of €700,000 last year followed a payout of €300,000 in 2016. The amount received last year is just a fraction of the €12.2m in royalties received from the two fields in 2006.

Minister Kyne said royalties are not payable in respect of production from the Seven Heads and Corrib gas fields. Last year, the new operator of the Corrib Gas Field, Vermilion, told investors that it does not expect any cash income taxes from profits on the project "for the foreseeable future".

Deputy Murphy said yesterday: "The Corrib licence was granted under an older licensing system. No royalties are payable, just corporation tax of 25pc less any allowances that the companies enjoy. That system was completely flawed and yet again we find that there are only marginal returns for taxpayers from new gas finds.

"It's important to remember that these are citizen-owned fields. Companies are here because we let them. We are effectively giving away our natural resources for very little return," she claimed.

Posted Date: 
28 January 2018

If you smell gas in Ireland

Parodise Island - YouTube

Important safety video by Shell in partnership with Gas Networks Ireland on steps to take if you smell a gas leak, featuring important health and safety demonstrations by Shell and An Garda Síochána.

Posted Date: 
26 October 2017

Ireland's Corrib gas field output to resume Wednesday - Statoil


[Shell to Sea]  It seems that Shell are being allowed to start up supplying gas to the national gas grid again, despite still no public explanation being given as to what caused the danger and pollution that resulted from unodourised gas being put on the grid.  The EPA/CER has still not responded to any on Shell to Sea's questions sent on the 1st October. 

The restart raises other questions for the EPA/CER

Posted Date: 
11 October 2017
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