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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

Shell to Sea ask informed questions and demand answers from statutory bodies investigating Shell.

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Oct 1st, 2017 - For immediate release

-- Shell to Sea has cumulative knowledge of the Shell/Corrib project, and is capable and willing to put hard questions to CER and EPA. --

The latest fiasco in the Shell refinery at Bellanaboy resulted in as yet unspecified volumes of un-odourised gas entering the national gas grid and as yet unknown quantities of toxins released to land, sea and air in Erris, north Mayo. Shell to Sea has produced a list of specific questions for CER (recently renamed to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities) and EPA, the two statutory bodies charged with investigating this most recent lapse in Shell's 'global technical expertise'. [1, 2]

The list of 22 questions (copied below) is not exhaustive; it may evolve to include other questions and, depending on the accuracy of the answers received from CER and EPA may include follow-up questions.

Press Release: No state regulation for Shell once again

[Shell to Sea]  RTE are continuing their policy of silencing local people's voice and instead have Minister Michael Ring speaking about peoples safety concerns.  It is a way too late for him to be acting concerned about safety as he abandoned the people of Kilcommon in our campaign on the safety of the project that was forced on the community by a corrupt state. In 2005 when the Rossport 5 were in jail Michael Ring stated at a rally in Castlebar that if necessary he would go to jail to stop this project. Obviously the big boys and girls in Fine Gael had a word in his ear because he went silent from that day on.

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Sept 22nd, 2017 - For immediate release

--   Shell's  incompetence puts lives in danger all over Mayo and Galway. --

Following Shell's latest fiasco of putting odourless gas into the Irish gas network, Shell to Sea has again highlighted the lack of regulation and monitoring of Shell in relation to the Corrib Gas project.  [1,2]


Picture of Bellanaboy flaring taken from Elly Bay - Fergus Mac Suibhne

Homeowners in Galway and Mayo told to switch off their gas

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Gas Networks Ireland warns customers after odourless gas pumped into system from Corrib

Natural gas customers in two western counties have been urged to turn off their supplies after odourless gas was pumped into the system from the Corrib gas refinery.

Picture of Bellanaboy flaring taken from Enniscrone over 70km away

Gas Networks Ireland has advised customers in Galway and Mayo to switch off supplies at the gas meter box until further notice.

Posted Date: 
21 September 2017

You can’t sort out Garda without sorting out Department of Justice

Denis Bradley - Irish Times

It must be established and made clear who is responsible for overseeing policing

The first woman Garda commissioner has walked or been driven from the field of play. Shame! I have no idea if she was a good or a poor commissioner. I don’t know if she was a reformer who tried to implement better practice and management, but, as she wrote in her retirement announcement, was so busy fire-fighting that she couldn’t get the job done.

I do know that losing two commissioners in a short few years is a big deal for the Garda and for the country.

It is important to state that the core problem was not Nóirín O Sullivan, and that the solution should not be reduced to a simplistic debate about an outsider and the salary that the job will attract in the future.

It might be helpful, however, to name the source that was most proactive in resisting necessary and overdue change, and whose influence should now and in the future be reduced. And that is the Department of Justice.

Posted Date: 
12 September 2017
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