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Council have ‘no issues’ with Corrib pipeline noise

Anton McNulty

Mayo County Council have stated that they had ‘no issues’ with the noise levels generated during hydro-testing of the Corrib gas offshore pipeline despite complaints from people living close to the pipeline’s land valve in Glengad.
Residents in the area complained of ‘unbearable’ high pitched noise continuously over the June Bank holiday weekend as work on the pipeline was being carried out. The work carried out by oil and gas services giant, Halliburton involved the inspection of the offshore gas pipeline using a cleaning ‘pig’ to test the integrity of the pipe from the land valve at Glengad to the gas field.

Posted Date: 
12 June 2012

Noise complaint follows Corrib pipeline work

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

RESIDENTS LIVING close to the Corrib gas pipeline’s land valve in Glengad, Co Mayo, say they were subjected to a continuous high-pitch noise over the bank holiday weekend, due to testing at the installation.

One elderly resident, Ena Gallagher (76), said she was forced to leave her home as it was “unbearable”, while Diane Taylor, who lives 700 metres from the land valve, said the sound penetrated double glazing, causing considerable distress.

The hydro-testing by Shell EP Ireland was sanctioned by Mayo County Council, which said noise levels were “within set limits”.

Residents living some 3.5km away in Stonefield near Carrowteigue said they could hear it continually from 7.30am to 7.30pm over four days from Friday to yesterday.

Posted Date: 
5 June 2012

News Release: Rabbitte confronted on oil and gas giveaway at Energy conference

Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea - May 30th, 2012

Pat Rabbitte and Shell MD speak at Croke Park energy industry conference

Today, Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte was confronted by a number of Shell to Sea campaigners outside Croke Park, after he had finished addressing an energy industry conference.  The conference was also addressed by Shell Ireland Managing Director Michael Crothers and featured discussion on the future sell off of the State’s energy assets.[1]

On leaving the conference Pat Rabbitte was confronted by the campaigners and accused of betraying Ireland’s interests, in particular regarding his decision last October to issue exploration licences for 250,000sq km of the Atlantic shelf, despite an ongoing Oireachtas committee review of oil and gas terms.[2]

Rabbitte’s rush to give away offshore rights could cost us billions

Colm Rapple - Irish Mail on Sunday

It’s official. The terms at which we give away rights to potential offshore oil and gas reserves are far too generous. That was the unanimous conclusion of an Oireachtas committee that included 12 TDs and senators from Government parties and nine from the opposition. They want far tougher terms applied to all new licences. By implication, they fault minister Pat Rabbitte for rushing to issue offshore option rights last year covering the most favourable areas off the west coast.

Impatient: Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte was in a hurry
Impatient: Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte was in a hurry

The recipient oil companies can convert those options into exploration and production licences that will be subject to the current licensing terms – terms deemed wholly inadequate by the Oireachtas Committee, confirming the long-held view of many commentators.

Posted Date: 
27 May 2012

Council tries to silence protest by threatening Rossport Solidarity Camp with eviction

Costas - 1 of Anarkismo Editorial Group

In a new twist to the decade long struggle against Shell Rossport Solidarity Camp has revealed that Mayo County Council (MCC) has issued an eviction notice to the landowner of the field where the Rossport Solidarity Camp is located. Mayo farmer Gerry Burke has been threatened with fines of over €12,000 and two years in prison. Despite these theats the annual June Bank Holiday solidarity gathering will go ahead in a couple of weeks.


The camp is taken down each Autumn and re-erected each year in the early summer, this year that was three weeks ago. The Rossport Solidarity Camp is an environmental camp which leaves aslight an ecological footprint as possible, creating their own electricity with wind turbines and solar panels, composting and using grey-water systems to filter and clean up waste water from washing up etc. People come to the camp to see these systems in operation and attend workshops on how to construct similar systems elsewhere.

Posted Date: 
22 May 2012
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