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Shell’s weekly profits = €375 million. Cost to send Shell to Sea = €360 million which can be completely written off against the 1992 tax deal. Norway's 'Oil Fund' = €47,000 pension fund per person. Norway's gain is Ireland's shame!
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Breaking News:

Lunchtime protest at Norwegian Embassy - Thursday 23rd August ... see event details
Shell To Sea Open Day - Glenamoy - Saturday 25th August ... more details
What is the point of the Greens in government? "If the Greens cannot deliver on policies directly under their control then what is their purpose in government?"

Recent News: Shell E & P Ireland deny dead pilot whle on Glengad beach is linked to their seismic survey in Broadhaven Bay.

A 4.5 metre long-finned pilot whale that was found dead on Glengad beach overlooking Broadhaven Bay on Friday 3rd August. Locals are concerned that this unusual discovery may be associated with the offshore activities associated with oil and gas exploration, including the on-going seismic survey of Sruth Fada Conn and Broadhaven Bay being conducted on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland. more details

Feile Iorrais
Shell's "donations" in north Mayo - Shell to Sea Press Release 12th Aug 07
Shell To Sea thanks "artists who expressed their public support for our community during the recent Feile Iorrais." Read full press release
Shell supporters try to intimidate Galway poet, Rita Ann Higgins Read the full story Call for Shell to disclose local sponsorship deals

Artists with integrity question Shell''s sponsorship of local festival in Erris Read more.... Latest Other articles
Irish goverment set to increase tax on oil & gas revenues from offshore exploration.
DOESN'T APPLY TO CORRIB PROJECT!

"Minister for Energy Éamon Ryan has held informal talks in north Mayo over the past two days with residents involved in the Corrib gas pipeline dispute...."
"Shell to Sea spokesman in north Mayo John Monaghan said he had not met Mr Ryan yesterday as his group was still seeking formal discussions. "We don't want to get into a situation that occurred with Government mediator Peter Cassells, where any dialogue is not open and transparent," Mr Monaghan said."
"At the same time we have to welcome the fact that he is making the effort to visit the area," Mr Monaghan said. "Mr Ryan had indicated his willingness to have formal talks, but had said he could not meet the campaigners formally at this point."
Read the full story....
A motion was unanimously passed at the Green Party Conference in February last: “That the Green Party in Government will not approve of a proposed pipeline consent being signed as part of the Corrib Gas Project until the completion of a full, independent review into the best development concept for the project.”" Read more

Article in The Mayo Echo 8th Aug 07
Too little, too late
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0801/environment.html

European Commission's environment directorate is to conduct a preliminary investigation into the Corrib gas project
Read more....
http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1489

Explosion hits gas pipeline in Russia Gas pipe explosionhttp://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1478

Other recent news

Rossport Solidarity Camp Face Threat of Eviction - Court update

Court report
Background story...

http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1477
http://struggle.ws/rsc/

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The Shell to Sea "lock-on" at Bellanaboy bridge Friday 13th July 07
Bellanaboy bridge lock on...
Bellanaboy events from 11th July

Residents of Knocknalower block Shell trucks from using their village as alternative haulage route.
Indy Media report
Video footage

Human Rights:
REPORT OF INTERNATIONAL FACT FINDING DELEGATION TO COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND FEBRUARY 23-27,
SUMMARYAn international delegation of human rights and environmental justice investigators visited County Mayo Ireland at the request of a number of local residents concerned with public safety, environmental impacts, free speech and human rights issues arising from a gas pipeline and on-shore refinery project being constructed by Royal Dutch Shell and its partners.Read full report ....
REPORT RECOMMENDATIONSThe situation in County Mayo arising from the Royal Dutch Shell pipeline and on-shore refinery has already resulted in serious injury,loss of trust in the rule of law and the Gardai and disruption to the culture and values of the area.No outside intervention by the European Union or World Human Rights protection entities has occurred to remedy the situation. This lack of action and appropriate response threatens to create an even more explosive situation.We recommend the following:1) Global organizations specializing in human rights investigations, should further investigate this crisis.2) Appropriate legal action should be immediately taken by such entities with the resources to fully prosecute any violations of human rights and international agreements.3) The to-be-installed Ombudsman should take up the already filed complaints against Gardai behavior and swiftly and thoroughly deal with them in order to restore confidence among the local community.4) The local and national authorities of the Irish government must immediately recognize that the situation in County Mayo could result in further serious injury to protestors, the public and members of the Gardai. Action should be taken to restore order and peace to the region through the intervention of neutral third parties.
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Shell/Gardaí/RPS invades private land in Pollatomish
Under investigation by Gardái Ombudsman

Local residents show their opposition to Shell's plan to pipe the gas under high pressure up the Sruwaddacon Bay

An Taisce:
To prepare legal complaint to European Commission over alleged breaches of EU directives in relation to the Corrib gas project.
Read more...
The above aerial photo of the refinary site clearly shows the future intentions of the Corrib Consortium to develop the entire forest as a circa 500 acre massive refinery.
"UP TO THREE new terminals and five new pipelines, for oil as well as gas, are understood to be part of plans for the controversial site at Bellanaboy Bridge in north Mayo. " Read more....

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Shell To Sea calls for meetings with Green Party cabinet members John Gormley and Eamon Ryan
Shell To Sea Press Release 26/06/07
Petition to European Parliament:
http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1458
http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1318


Health and Safety: .

Forest fire rages next to Bellanaboy refinery site:

Read more local coverage

"PJ Moran, a farmer in Glenamoy and member of the Shell to Sea campaign, told The Irish Times the fire had spread to within 300 to 400 yards of the Shell terminal site at one point on Sunday night. The blaze was in close proximity to the original onshore pipeline route across the Glenamoy river, he said, and highlighted once again the serious health and safety issues surrounding the project. The fire risk posed by adjoining forestry had been raised at the Bord Pleanála oral hearings into the terminal. The appeals board inspector, who was seriously concerned about the control of dangerous substances on the terminal site, said in his report that it was "unclear whether there would be a requirement to remove forestry within the vicinity of the site", and noted that the "threat of bogland fires during dry periods is unknown"." ...Read full article

Shell denies link to rising aluminium levels in water supply: Aluminium levels at over 200 times recommended World Health Organisation.
Mayo County Council "very concerned that aluminium levels had not been reduced to agreed targets by Shell" ..... Read more
Diesel Spill:
First noticed at 4:30pm Sunday 25th March, diesel spilling out of Bellanaboy into local water course which feeds Carrowmore lake. Council, Shell & PMC alerted. 26 hours later, Shell attempt to control the spill. (Finally - diesel pumped out on Friday 30th March.....

"I don't think any company, even Shell, umh, will introduce expensive safety measures unless they have to" Christy Loftus - Shell's Communications Officer in Mayo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sfNGwIaNIg&NR (Those Who Dance - Part 2 0f 5 - timeline 07:54)

Natural Resources:What happened to €50 billion of gas reserves belonging to the people of Ireand?

Norway's gain is Irelands shame:
Norway's Gain - Ireland's shame
"Yesterday, the Norwegian Central Bank reported that the country's 'Oil Fund' - the revenues from the oil and gas industry extracted by the Norwegian State for the pensions of its citizens - stood at a whopping NOK 1,784 trillion (about USD 291 billion) by the end of 2006. This is equivalent to 220.6 billion euros. Given Norway's population of 4.7 million this amounts to there being 46,900 euro invested for pension purposes for every citizen"...Statement from Dr Mark Garavan, NUI Seanad Candidate

Goldman Environmental award:

Willie Corduff has won the Goldman Environmental Prize 2007 which is the world's largest prize honoring grassroots environmentalists.
Willie's profile on the Goldman Award page (Including video of Willie Corduff)
The Goldman Environmental prize

Ken Sara-Wiwa in 1995 : Executed over his opposition to Shell's activities in Ogoniland in the Niger delta.

Willie Corduff in 2007 : Jailed for 94 days because of his opposition to Shell's activities in Erris (BOgoniland).

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Legal: High Court rules that Shell must pay legal costs of Corrib gas pipe line opponents estimated at €1 million

  • Permanent injunctions against Rossport residents dropped
  • Shell to pay costs
  • Legal questions about pipeline still in High Court

http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1369 | http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1368 |
http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1367 | http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1365

Shell pays out millions to settle reserves scandal: "without admitting blame"!

http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=1348 | related story | Background to Shell reserves scandal
Shell admits it misled investors: "I am becoming sick and tired of lying" says Shell executive ...

Monitor Mayo County Council's 'News on the Gas Terminal'

http://www.mayococo.ie/en/News/GasTerminal/

Time to monitor the monitors?

corribgas@mayococo.ie

Cold venting of gas doesn't have planning permission

Shell to Sea spokesman, Dr Mark Garavan has criticised Mayo County Council for not replying to a letter, questioning Shell’s planning permission for the proposed Bellanaboy refinery. “We are very concerned that we have not received a reply regarding the fact that there was essential information omitted about the cold-venting of gas in the original EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) submitted to the Council,” said Dr Garavan. The cold-venting of methane gas means it is released straight into the environment. According to Dr Garavan it is a health and safety issue, which, under planning legislation, is the sole prerogative of the Council.

Letter to Mayo County Council 18th Oct 2006

Letter to Mayo County Council 24th Oct 2006

Letter to Mayo County Council County Secretary 7th Jan 2007
Reply from Mayo C.C. County Secretary 12th Jan 2007

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22 August 2007 - 10:33am