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Press statement: Kilcommon Community complains to Mayo County Council about Corrib Gas Project construction and haulage works.

[Shell to Sea] The 7 page community complaint can be read here.

On Tuesday , 27th March 2011 a group of residents from the direct vicinity of the Shell construction sites in Glengad and Aughoose and the connecting rural road L1202 handed 104 letters of complaints,  signed by 112 persons into Mayo County Council’s Office in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

These letters and signatures were also sent to all political parties,  ministers , councillors, the Garda Siochana, the Private Security Authority, and several environmental and human rights organisations.

In 2008  a similar number of residents objected strongly to Mayo CountyCouncil’s plans to transform this small, scenic road into a haulage road for Shell’s  construction traffic. This represents the majority of directly affected households.

Flare still burning on North Sea gas leak platform

Rupert Neate - The Guardian

Total says wind is blowing gas away from flare on Elgin platform – but there is a high risk of explosion if two come into contact


Total's Elgin oil and gas platform

Total's Elgin oil and gas platform has been evacuated. Photograph: Total/AP


A flare is still burning on the North Sea platform that has been leaking gas for the last four days.

Total, the French oil company that operates the platform, first disclosed that the flare was still burning late on Tuesday night. The wind is blowing the gas in the opposite direction but, if it should come into contact with the flare, there is a high risk of explosion.

Posted Date: 
28 March 2012

Masterclass in spin by Garda Ombudsman

William Hederman - Village

The independent Garda watchdog produced a report about the Corrib Garda ‘rape tape’ that misinformed the public and undermined the women who brought the recording to public attention. By William Hederman.

Image taken from article on the Garda Ombudsman here

It was one of the most extraordinary news stories of 2011. On March 31st, Gardaí in north Mayo arrested two anti-Shell campaigners and seized a video camera. The Garda sergeant and colleagues then inadvertently recorded themselves joking about threatening to rape and deport one of the two women in their custody before handing the camera back. The recording was posted online, where it was listened to by more than 100,000 people within days. It provided a disturbing glimpse into the minds of some of the very people to whom women are expected to report rape. However, the saga took a more worrying twist four months later.

Posted Date: 
24 March 2012

Press Release: Mahon meaningless if corrupt Corrib project continues

-- What was behind Ahern’s and Burke’s oil and gas giveaway legislation? -- 


Shell to Sea today called for the halting of the Corrib Gas project and an investigation to ascertain whether disgraced former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern or other politicians received corrupt payments for their facilitation of the Corrib Gas project and their role in Ireland’s oil and gas giveaway.


The Mahon report stated: “Corruption in Irish political life was both endemic and systemic. It affected every level of government, from some holders of top ministerial offices to some local councillors, and its existence was widely known and widely tolerated”.


Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington said: "Over the next few days and weeks, it will be heard that this sort of corruption is a thing of the past. Yet here in Mayo, we are living beside a monument to corruption that is still being forced through by the current Government. It is time to call a halt to this shambles of a project and to hold a full investigation." 

Press Release: Ballyroe oil find exposes absurdity of Rabbitte's oil & gas licensing

-- Discovery will not guarantee any jobs, security of supply or other benefits for Ireland --

The discovery of oil at the Ballyroe field off Co Cork by Providence Resources exposes the absurdity of Pat Rabbitte's rush to hand out oil and gas exploration licenses last October, Shell to Sea has claimed. On October 17th 2011, despite widespread calls for a moratorium, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte issued exploration licences for 250,000sq km of the Atlantic shelf. [1][2]

Rabbitte proceeded to issue licences just as Providence was embarking on what it called "the largest co-ordinated multi-basin drilling programme carried out offshore Ireland" and also before an Oireachtas committee has reported back on its review of Ireland's oil and gas terms.[3]

At the time, a former Statoil board member, Stein Bredal, questioned Pat Rabbitte's haste in issuing the licenses: “Energy prices are only going up, so why is your Minister in such a hurry, when he should be guaranteeing jobs and a greater return to the Irish taxpayer if there is a find?”[4]

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