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Shell's North sea oil spill 'worst for a decade'

Fiona Harvey - The Guardian

The government estimates oil leak could involve more than 1,300 barrels but claims it has been greatly reduced.

Oil spill in North sea : Sheel Gannet Alpha platform

The Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea. Photograph: Royal Dutch Shell Ho/EPA

The flow of oil from the worst spill in UK waters in the past decade, at one of Shell's North Sea platforms, has been "greatly reduced" but not yet stopped completely, the government said on Monday.

Conservationists warned that the leak could harm bird life in the area, at a delicate time in their development, as the oil company worked to minimise the damage.

Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said: "We know oil of any amount, if in the wrong place, at the wrong time, can have a devastating impact on marine life. Currently thousands of young auks – razorbills, puffins and guillemots – are flightless and dispersing widely in the North Sea during late summer. So they could be at serious risk if contaminated by this spill."

Posted Date: 
15 August 2011

A fantastic week of blocking Shell

Bob - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Shell says 159 truck movements a day...but manage a measly 40 in a week

This week saw Shell begin the next stage of their gas project by attempting to extend and secure their compound in Aughoose in preparation to lay the onshore section of the pipeline. This entailed tractors delivering fencing, machinery and other things for them to carry out the work. If all had gone to plan would have had the compound near completion now. However, there was five days of 12 hour blockades which has slowed them down tremendously. Here's a quick round up of the events of last week...

Rolling blockade leading to Shell tractor reversing back into refinery

Posted Date: 
3 August 2011

Rape-tape women ‘treated like perpetrators’

Trevor Quinn - Mayo News

Shell to Sea says every effort was made to co-operate with ‘aggressive, confrontational’ commission

Shell to Sea has reacted angrily to claims that it did not co-operate with the ‘rape tape’ investigation. The organisation was responding to the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commision (GSOC) interim report on the controversy at Corrib, which was released last week.
Speaking to The Mayo News Shell to Sea spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins said she is very disappointed that both the Minister for Justice and the GSOC seem to be trying to minimise and downplay what the gardaí did in ‘a case of a sexual-violence nature’.
“I’ve lost any respect I had for the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commision. They treated us in an aggressive, confrontational manner. The protesters were treated as if they were the perpetrators as opposed to the victims.” 

Posted Date: 
3 August 2011

Primetime discuss Ireland's Oil & Gas Terms


Prime Time 28 July

Prime Time examines the controversy over the tax terms offered to attract oil and gas companies - which some believe to be overly-generous. And we look to the lessons of the recent past, travelling to Rossport, Co Mayo, where the battle over landing gas from the Corrib field continues.

The Primetime can be seen here:

The section on the oil & gas terms begins 12 minutes into the show.  There follows a debate between Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte and Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald

Posted Date: 
29 July 2011

Four injured in protest over pipeline completion

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

MAYO COUNTY Council is drawing up a “futures plan” to try to address the “turmoil” which has engulfed northwest Mayo over the Corrib gas project.

County manager Peter Hynes said an €8.5 million “community gain investment fund” financed by Shell as part of An Bord Pleanála’s conditions for the onshore pipeline route will be administered by the local authority.

Posted Date: 
30 July 2011
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