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Oil and gas spills in North Sea every week, papers reveal

Rob Evans, Richard Cookson and Terry Macalister - The Guardian

Documents list companies that caused more than 100 potentially lethal – and largely unpublicised – leaks in 2009 and 2010

Serious spills of oil and gas from North Sea platforms are occurring at the rate of one a week, undermining oil companies' claims to be doing everything possible to improve the safety of rigs.

Shell has emerged as one of the top offenders despite promising to clean up its act five years ago after a large accident in which two oil workers died.

Posted Date: 
6 July 2011

SIPTU calls for moratorium on oil and gas licenses until Oireachtas review is completed


A moratorium should be placed on the issuing of oil and gas exploration licences until the completion of a promised Oireachtas review of the licensing system, a wide-ranging SIPTU report on the development of Ireland’s hydrocarbon resources has recommended. “Optimising Ireland’s Oil and Gas Resources”, a report produced by the SIPTU Oil and Gas Review Group, concludes that, if managed correctly, the country’s hydrocarbon reserves could provide the basis for a major indigenous industry which could generate long term employment and significant revenues for the State.

Launching the report in Dublin today (Thursday, 30th June) SIPTU general president, Jack O’Connor, said; “It is the considered view of the SIPTU Oil and Gas Review Group that no new exploration licenses for oil and gas should be issued by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) until a detailed re-assessment of the current licensing system is completed under the proposed Oireachtas review.”

Posted Date: 
30 June 2011

People's Forum -Ten Years On: Corrib Gas - Great Gas for Whom?

Retrospect and Prospect

Inver Community Centre
DATE: 1st & 2nd July

Over the past ten years the proposed Shell/Corrib Gas Project has highlighted issues that go to the heart of governance in Ireland: Community Consultation, Planning, Regulation, Environmental Protection/Human Rights, Media, Policing and the Common Good.

DR. KIERAN ALLEN, Author and Lecturer UCD; HARRY BROWNE, Lecturer in Media DIT; NIALL KING, Retired Principal Rossport N.S; MAJELLA McCARRON, OLA; MRS. JOY PHIDO, OGONI; COLM RAPPLE, Journalist and Economist; ROSSPORT SOLIDARITY CAMP.

1 July 2011 - 8:00pm - 2 July 2011 - 6:00pm

The Shell battle: Stick this in your pipe

The Independent

Shell's plan to create a major gas pipeline through the Irish countryside has seen local protesters up in arms – and some of them under arrest. Phil Boucher meets the maker of a new film that charts their battle

We raise our children to understand the difference between right and wrong. Yet it is in adulthood that the principle is most sternly tested.

Just what do you do when you believe that the forces of law and order are intimidating and arresting peaceful protesters in front of your eyes? And how do you reconcile your faith in the media, government and judiciary if you think they are blackening the name of a protest group, even though it's members are doing nothing more sinister that trying to prevent a major gas pipeline from being constructed on five areas of EU-protected countryside?

Posted Date: 
14 June 2011

Shell's battle for the heart of Ireland

Ed Vulliamy - The Observer

For generations, the people of Erris have been farming and fishing along the remote coast of County Mayo. When gas was discovered offshore, Shell pounced. But it hadn't bargained for the unyielding resistance of the community

Corrib Gas Project

Posted Date: 
29 May 2011
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