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Court ruling a setback for a project which has overrun on costs and time

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd (SEPIL) has played down the significance of yesterday’s Commercial Court decision quashing an emissions licence for the Corrib gas terminal, but the ruling is a setback for the €3 billion project.

Were the project not at least nine years behind schedule, the setback would be far more significant.

However, the lead developer has already conceded that it could be early 2015 before gas is flowing commercially from the field - and that was before last month’s (sept) fatality during work on the final stages, when a German sub-contractor, Lars Wagner (26), lost his life.

Work remains suspended on tunnelling this final section of pipeline route under Sruwadaccon estuary - a special area of conservation (SAC) - which links the landfall for gas at Glengad to the terminal already built at Ballinaboy. A Health and Safety Authority (HSA) investigation has been in train since the fatal incident involving a valve on the tunnel boring machine.

Posted Date: 
16 October 2013

Revised licence for operation of Shell gas terminal at Ballinaboy quashed by Commercial Court

RTE News

The revised licence for the operation of the Shell gas terminal at Ballinaboy, Co Mayo, has been quashed by the Commercial Court.

In a setback for the Shell Corrib gas pipeline project, the Environmental Protection Agency, which issued the licence last June, conceded in court that a Mayo man was entitled to an order quashing the licence because of defects in carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Posted Date: 
15 October 2013

News Release: Shell to Sea tender for Oil & Gas Review Contract

News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Monday 14th October 2013


Shell to Sea have today submitted a tender application to the Department of Energy in response to Minister Pat Rabbitte's call for expert advice to review the generous oil and gas terms that are currently on offer to oil & gas companies.[1]

The Shell to Sea tender undertakes to “initiate the most thorough, far-reaching inquiry yet into the fiscal regime governing resource extraction in Ireland, taking all voices into consideration and evaluating all available data”.  Shell to Sea stated that it would build on the work that had been published in its in-depth 44 page report entitled Liquid Assets, in which the 69 publically known prospects and discoveries were analysed. This report showed that energy companies estimate the potential fields could contain 21 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

Shell to Sea’s tender bid is free of charge as it feels that “assisting Ireland in getting an adequate return from its own oil and gas is payment enough”.

Shell's Booze Brigade outside the Dáil

The scene at the Dail towards the end of the 'People's Assembly' as dozens of cops try to intimidate protesters

Also amazingly the banner was briefly shown on RTE News (2:13 of the news clip)

Posted Date: 
20 September 2013

Templemore Dew - Garda Drink of the Week!

Templemore Dew - our new Garda Drink of the Week!
Send in your suggestions or images for next weeks Garda Drink of the Week. Uploaded every Tuesday from now until we run out of supplies...

Posted Date: 
17 September 2013
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