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Norwegian Fisherman warns of destruction of seismic survey

RossportSolidarityCamp - YouTube

[Shell to Sea]  Shell and Statoil are currently carrying out Seismic surveys off the Mayo coast.  In this video Norwegian fisherman Bjørnar Nicolaisen warns of the consequences that "seismic shootings" has had on marine life and the fishing industry when it was carried out in Norway.  Fishing catches reduced by 60% in the year after the seismic surveys started and still hasn't returned to normal levels.

Posted Date: 
21 June 2012

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
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