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  • Title: Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to main content.. Home.. Campaign Info.. Overview.. FAQs.. Health Safety.. Gas Oil Giveaway.. Environment.. Timeline.. A story of state corporate corruption.. Campaign Aims.. Campaign Materials.. Films.. Books Leaflets.. Posters.. What Can I Do?.. Photos.. Local Groups.. Links.. Contact Us.. Peoples Forum 2013.. Who polices the Police?.. Come to the people s forum at Inver Community Center on Saturday 23rd November at 10.. 30am.. Each people s forum addresses an issue raised by the ongoing imposition of the Shell Corrib gas project on residents in North Mayo.. The guest speakers on the issue of policing are:.. Clare Daly TD.. Mick Wallace TD.. Hillary D Arcy PhD candidate NUIM.. Date:.. 23 November 2013 - 10:30am.. Read more.. Show of Solidarity from Ireland with the Arctic 30.. By:.. Shelver - RSC.. Detention of Greenpeace Crew Stark Reminder of Shell/State Partnership in Broadhaven Bay.. About 25 people gathered today outside the Shell refinery construction site at Ballinaboy, Co Mayo, in a show of solidarity with 30 environmental activists who are currently imprisoned in Russia.. The gathering was part of a global day of action to free the Arctic 30 as they have become known worldwide since they were captured nearly two months ago while protesting against Gazprom and Shell moving an oil rig into the Arctic.. Free the Arctic 30!.. Posted Date:.. 16 November 2013.. Link:.. http://www.. indymedia.. ie/article/104263.. Radio reporter claims he lost his job over coverage of Corrib Gas controversy.. Edwin McGreal - Irish Times.. [Shell to Sea] For further information on the way media reporting on Corrib has been manipulated read.. Why journalists are afraid of covering the Corrib Gas project.. by William Hederman.. Liamy MacAnally was senior reporter at Midwest Radio for more than 10 years.. A reporter has claimed he was made redundant from a radio station because the station s management took issue with his coverage of the Corrib gas controversy in north Mayo.. Liamy MacNally has taken a case for unfair dismissal against Midwest Radio, trading as County Mayo Radio Limited.. 9 November 2013.. irishtimes.. com/news/crime-and-law/courts/radio-reporter-claim.. From a Prison Cell to a State Luncheon.. James Laffey - The Western People.. It s a long way from a cell in Castlerea Prison to an audience with the Garda Commissioner in the opulent surrounds of Farmleigh House in Dublin s Phoenix Park.. But if there s any man who could achieve that turnaround in a few short years its the inimitable firsherman from North Mayo Pat The Chief O Donnell.. 2013: Pat Martin O Donnell pictured with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callanan after receiving an award for bravery.. 2007: Martin Pat O Donnell after getting beaten by Shell bribed Gardai, for trying to protect their area and community..  ...   4 hours.. Providence secures licence option for Silverback site.. Police remove protesters from Chevron s fracking site in Romania.. Rabbitte: ‘There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans’.. 3 days.. ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair.. List Other News.. Search.. Search this site:.. Upcoming Courts.. 5 Corrib Campaigners due to appear in Belmullet Court.. 11 Dec 2013 - 10:30.. 1 Corrib Campaigner due to appear in Belmullet Court.. 8 Jan 2014 - 10:30.. See Full Calendar.. Blast from the Past.. They can protest, but they cannot delay it.. A portent of all that was to follow on the discovery of gas off the Mayo coast must surely have been that all of the local SIPTU and other workers who had been involved in the exploration were immediately dropped.. Foreign workers from the Phillippines and elsewhere were flown in and out from that point onwards - without ever touching Irish soil.. more.. Monthly archive.. December 2013.. (1).. November 2013.. (17).. October 2013.. (33).. September 2013.. (28).. August 2013.. (46).. July 2013.. (25).. June 2013.. (27).. May 2013.. (24).. April 2013.. (18).. March 2013.. (20).. 5 Articles on what it s all about.. Gas explosion fears raised at hearing.. - Lorna Siggins.. Just how bad is Ireland's Oil and Gas deal.. - Shell to Sea.. Now you are talking my language.. - Michael McGaughan.. Another gas terminal for Bellanaboy.. - Daniel Hickey.. Corrib and the art of bog building.. - James Laffey.. Follow Shell to Sea on.. Shell To Sea Latest Tweets.. Tweets by @ShellToSea.. Quote of the Week.. I experience it in every community [companies splitting communities].. It s the same story whether it s Erris (Co.. Mayo), Leitrim, whether it s the people threatened by fracking now; it s exactly the same story.. The same psychological war-fare is being got ready for them.. God forgive companies for what they do to communities.. Sister Majella McCarron.. More Quotes.. Subscribe to Email News Update.. If you wish to subscribe to receive the Shell to Sea News Updates then click on the link below and enter your email.. https://lists.. riseup.. net/www/subscribe/shelltoseanews.. The email list is a low volume list of usually one or two emails a month.. Shell s planned tunnel.. The tunnel which Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan signed off on the Foreshore Licence for Shell is planned to run under Sruwaddacon Estuary which is designated a Special Area of Conservation.. Shell's planned tunnel:.. 9 kilometers long.. 2 meters in diameter.. 15 months of tunnelling.. 24 hour a day tunnelling.. 472 truck movements a day at peak construction.. 68,000 m.. of material removed.. 5 km of 3m high fencing..

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  • Title: Campaign Info | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: The Corrib gas project entails exploiting a natural gas deposit off the northwest coast of Ireland.. The field is located about 80 km off Erris Head in County Mayo, in water depths of 355 metres.. The natural gas field, discovered in 1996, was the first reported commercial natural gas discovery in Ireland since the Kinsale Head gas field in 1973.. The gas is from Triassic strata.. The company set up to exploit the field is a conventure of Shell E P Ireland (operator 45%), Statoil Exploration (Ireland) Limited (36.. 5%), and Marathon International Petroleum Hibernia Limited (18.. 5%).. Reserves in the field are believed to be about 30 billion cubic metres (1 trillion ft ) 70% the volume of the Kinsale field.. The Shell to Sea campaign opposes the current plans for the project, which it regards as dangerous, despite assurances from Shell.. The level of opposition to the current configuration of the project has led to a large amount of security at the refinery  ...   and regional water supply.. Many people, including local residents, are concerned about the health, safety and environmental impact of the onshore aspects of the scheme, and, citing Shell's record, do not believe the company's assurances.. Others are concerned with alleged irregularities and precedents surrounding the project.. Protests by residents have been ongoing daily at the refinery site since the summer of 2005, when five local men were jailed for contempt of court after refusing to obey a court injunction to allow Shell workers on their lands.. The Shell to Sea campaign, which is attempting to have the gas refined at sea rather than inland, was created during their imprisonment.. A poll conducted throughout the county by TNS/MRBI on behalf of RTÉ's Nuacht in September 2006.. 60% felt the terminal should be located offshore at sea, with less than a quarter supporting the current plans.. The offshore alternative has strongest support amongst those aged under 49 years, and those residing in Castlebar/Ballinrobe/ Claremorris and Westport/Belmullet areas.. Subsections:..

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  • Title: Overview of the Corrib Gas Project | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: Overview of the Corrib Gas Project.. The Corrib Gas Field is a reserve of natural gas situated 80 km off the west coast of County Mayo containing at least 1 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas.. The Corrib Gas Project, directed by a consortium of companies led by Royal Dutch Shell, seeks to bring the gas ashore at Glengad in the Barrony of Erris in North West Mayo and to pump the unrefined gas 9km inland through an inhabited area to a refinery located on a boggy hill where it would be cleaned and depressurized for sale and export.. The gas field was discovered in 1996 by Enterprise Oil, operating in a consortium with Saga Petroleum.. Enterprise Oil drilled appraisal wells in 1998 and declared the field commercial in early 2001.. In 1998 the Corrib Enterprise Oil consortium employed consultants to survey the Connacht coast to find a suitable place to bring the gas ashore.. The Enterprise Consortium sought a site to build a gas terminal and in 2003 they purchased 400km2 of state forestry land from Coillte the state forestry agency.. The development concept which the Enterprise Oil Consortium had selected for the Corrib Gas was that of a land based  ...   authorities ask the consortium to seriously examine other models.. The main work on the ground began at the refinery site in spring 2005.. Preparatory work began at the and attempts were being made to stake out the route of the pipeline.. All the problems regarding environmental and community concerns result from the refinery location.. A recent petition of the 1200 Kilcommon residents clearly showed that the majority do not support the project in its current form.. Even Shell's Andy Pyle has admitted that 'this project cannot proceed without local consent'.. But we are not against the gas and its not too late to explore the solutions that have so far being ignored.. Refining the gas at Ballinaboy is utterly senseless on so many levels.. The words of An Bord Plenala's Senior Planning Inspector, Kevin Moore, ring true now more than ever : 'This is the wrong site'.. Due to Shell 'project splitting' the Corrib development, which in itself is highly questionable under EU Directives, the refinery has just started to be constructed before the pipeline route has even been announced, let alone approved.. However it is not too late and there are in fact solutions and alternatives that have so far been ignored..

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  • Title: FAQs | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: FAQs.. Some Frequently Asked Questions are answered here.. Why is Shell's Corrib gas project unsafe?.. There are major health and safety issues with the high pressure raw gas pipeline planned so close to people's homes - regarding an earlier pipeline route Shell admitted that homes would be put within a kill-zone from heat radiation in the event of a pipe failure.. The refinery itself is in the catchment area of the local drinking water supply which would be forbidden in most other European countries.. Why is this the 'wrong site'?.. An Bord Pleanala's senior planning inspector, Kevin Moore, turned down Shell's plan in 2002 as it was 'the wrong site'.. Shamefully political interference ensured that the project was later approved.. The refinery and pipeline is proposed for an unspoilt area in the northwest of Ireland where the economy is based on small scale tourism, farming and fishing - much of the area is designated as a special area of conservation by the EU.. Many local people believe that their livelihoods and jobs are directly threatened by Shell's Corrib gas project.. What went wrong with the planning process?.. The main problem is the fact that there has never been a planning hearing on the entire project.. Shell split the project in to 3 main sections-the offshore pipeline, the refinery and the onshore pipeline.. There were also separate planning processes on the pollution licences etc.. Project splitting is illegal under EU law.. There is a case in the EU Parliament regarding this matter but it will take years to actually be heard.. The planning authorities have facilitated Shell since the beginning, it was An Bord Pleanala who actually suggested the planned pipeline route! It is thought that the Strategic Infrastructure Act was pushed through in 2006 to fast track the planning process for Shell.. What about jobs?.. Shell have admitted that there will only be 50 jobs created during the operational phrase and these will be specialised so unlikely to be people from the local area.. The local economy is based on small scale tourism, fishing and farming.. Who will buy fish or swim in the bay knowing that the outfall pipe is releasing harmful metals such as mercury and lead in to these pristine waters?.. Who owns Irish gas and how much is it worth?.. In terms of Corrib, 45% is owned by Royal Dutch Shell (Dutch/British oil company),.. 36.. 5% Statoil (Norwegian state owned oil company) and 18.. 5% Vermillion (Canadian oil company).. Vast quantities of gas and oil have been discovered under Irish waters in the Atlantic Ocean over the past 15 years.. The Government s figures put the value of these reserves at 600 billion ( 600,000,000,000), but this is a very conservative estimate.. The real figure is likely to be much higher, especially as the global price of oil and gas rises.. How come Ireland doesn't benefit from  ...   for corruption) changed the law in 1987, reducing the State s share in our offshore oil and gas from 50% to zero and abolishing royalties.. In 1992, Minister Bertie Ahern reduced the tax rate for the profits made from the sale of these resources from 50% to 25%.. According to respected economist Colm Rapple, the amount of tax paid will be very low and will not be paid until many years into the operation of a gas or oil field, because the deal allows the companies to write off 100% of costs (even the anticipated cost of shutting down the operation!) before they declare the profits to be taxed (see.. colmrapple.. ).. In major oil/gas producing countries, the state takes an average (median) of 68% of the value of gas and oil.. How easy is it to change the current deal? What would a better deal look like?.. The Minister for Energy could change the deal at any time.. The relevant clause is available on the website of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources:.. The Minister may, for such period as the Minister deems necessary, require that specified exploration, exploitation, production or processing activities should cease subject to conditions which the Minister may specify, in any case where the Minister is satisfied that it is desirable to do so in order to reduce the risk of injury to the person, waste of petroleum or damage to property or the environment.. No claim for compensation may be made against the Minister on foot of any such requirement.. afri.. ie/wp-content/.. uploads/2010/05/The-Great-Gas-.. Giveaway_2009.. pdf.. In Norway, the profits from the state owned oil and gas company Statoil are invested in to public services.. What is the new pipeline route?.. corribgaspipeline.. com/uploads/file/2010%20Route%.. 20Map.. Is this the first of many pipelines and refineries?.. Will there be oil?.. The Government and a number of oil companies have already admitted that they plan to use Ballinaboy as the hub for alot of the oil and gas off the West coast of Ireland.. Do we want this beautiful rural area to be destroyed for a petrochemical industrial dumping ground?.. What is the current situation?.. July 2011.. An Taisce have launched a legal challenge against the An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission for the pipeline.. The court case begins on October 4th 2011.. However despite the legal challenge, Shell started preparation work in March 2011 and so protests to delay work are continuous.. You are warmly welcome to come up see the area for yourself or get involved in the protests.. The success of Risteard Ó Domhnaill award winning film The Pipe has increased awareness of the situation and support is growing from all over the world.. Shell plan to begin constructing the work area for the pipeline shortly.. The community have vowed to continue to protect their families and land from Shell and so protests are ongoing..

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  • Title: Health and Safety | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: Health and Safety.. Why is Shell s experimental pipeline in Mayo so dangerous?.. When the inland gas refinery near Rossport was proposed in the late 1990s, many local people welcomed the project.. But when they did some research, they quickly became extremely concerned.. They discovered this was an experimental project; nothing like it had been tried anywhere in the world.. Raw, unprocessed gas would be carried at extremely high pressure, directly from under the sea-bed, through a pipeline in an unstable bog where landslides are common.. The proposed pipeline for Rossport is nothing like the gas pipelines people live close to in other parts of Ireland:.. the pressure would be 144 bar, and possibly higher, compared to a maximum 5 bar in a domestic pipeline;.. the gas would still contain chemical impurities that corrode pipes and are highly explosive these are removed at the refinery;.. it would not contain the odour that alerts residents to a leak this is added at the refinery.. At the Bord Pleanála hearing in June 2009 into this onshore pipeline route, Shell consultants admitted that, in the event of a leak,.. houses within 230 metres of the pipeline could burn spontaneously from heat radiation.. and that.. houses within 171m would be at risk if the gas pressure was at 144 bar.. (Irish Times, 04/06/09), the reduced pressure level Shell was forced to retreat to by earlier protests.. There are about 33 houses within this.. kill zone.. Also, the pipeline would pass just 1.. 4 metres below fields and roads.. Waste water from the refinery would flow into Carrowmore Lake, the source of drinking water for 10,000 people in Erris.. Since 2000, local people have been demanding that the gas is processed at sea, before it reaches residential areas, as is standard practice worldwide.. They have never objected to gas being piped ashore in the normal way.. The above text comes from the Dublin Shell to Sea.. 'All the facts' leaflet.. If you'd like copies of that leaflet to distribute contact us at.. dublins2s@gmail.. or at 086-7362417.. -------------------------------------------------------------------.. In detail.. The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, commissioned a company to produce what was called an Independent Safety Review of the pipeline.. After the company produced its  ...   with a high probability of mortality.. If the Gas Processing Plant site location were to remain as proposed, we advise a reroute of the proposed pipeline incorporating safety buffer zones of 200 metres for dwellings and at least 400 metres for unsheltered individuals.. Placement of a Gas Process Plant on a shallow offshore platform would substantially reduce production pipeline rupture impact zones associated with specific pipeline design modifications.. A transmission pipeline from such an offshore facility could be operated at lower pressures, move much higher quality gas, and permit appropriate cleaning and smart pigging programs that would reduce the potential impact zone associated with a gas transmission pipeline failure.. Other experts have also cast doubt on Advantica's claims.. Some contend that the safety zone around the pipeline should be at least 500 metres (the norm in the United States) from any dwellings.. With the midified route houses are 140m from the pipeline.. In Scotland, which has a long history of regulating refineries, it is unheard of that a refinery should be built within the catchment area of a drinking water supply, as Shell intends for Bellanabo.. The Irish Times reported on 4th June 2009 that the An Bord Pleanála hearing had been told that.. SHELL EP Ireland consultants have conceded that safe shelter in the event of a rupture and explosion has not yet been identified for residents living close to the proposed Corrib gas onshore pipeline.. The consultants also told the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing in north Mayo yesterday that houses within 230 metres of the pipeline could burn spontaneously from heat radiation if gas in the pipe was at full pressure.. Residents would have just 30 seconds to escape from thermal radiation if gas within the pipe was at full pressure, the team acknowledged in response to Mr Wright s examination.. Houses within 171m would be at risk if the gas pressure was at 144 bar the pressure level agreed by the developers after a State-commissioned safety review the Shell team admitted when it was put to them in questions.. Both 171m and 230m are greater than the minimum separation distance of 140m from houses allowed for in the pipeline route, Mr Wright observed.. Attachment.. Size.. Pipelinerupture.. gif.. 72.. 65 KB..

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  • Title: The Gas & Oil Robbery | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: The Gas Oil Robbery.. The 420,000,000,000+ Ireland is giving away.. The Government s figures put the value of these reserves at 420 billion ( 420,000,000,000), but this is a very conservative estimate.. The real figure is likely to be much higher, especially as the global price of oil and gas rises (see explanation below*).. So what will the Government be spending these new-found riches on? The answer is: Nothing.. This wealth will be leaving Ireland, thanks to a deal made between the corrupt Haughey government and multinational oil companies.. One of the arguments you sometimes hear in defence of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway has to do with security of supply the idea that Ireland will be left without gas if the pipeline from Russia is cut off, and so we need to make it attractive for companies to bring gas ashore here.. However, according to Bord Gais,.. Ireland s imported natural gas supplies are sourced from the North Sea.. The possibility of gas supplies to Ireland from these sources being restricted is very remote.. (See.. bordgais.. ie/corporate.. And crucially, Ireland s licensing law gives us no security of supply, because it allows the companies to export our gas rather than sell it to the Irish market.. ++++++++++++++.. *The figures in detail.. 420 billion is a lot of money.. However, the true value of Ireland s gas and oil is probably much higher.. Our figure is based on the estimate, issued by the Department of Communications, Energy Natural Resources (DCENR) in 2006, that the amount of gas and oil in the Rockall and Porcupine basins, off Ireland s west coast, is 10 BBOE (billion barrels of oil equivalent).. Based on the average price of a barrel of oil for 2009 of $60, this works out at $600 billion, or 420 billion.. This does  ...   may.. require that specified exploration, exploitation, production or processing activities should cease.. in any case where the Minister is satisfied that it is desirable to do so in order to reduce the risk of injury to the person.. or damage to property or the environment.. In fact, there is a worldwide trend of governments reclaiming ownership of privatised gas and oil reserves.. In 2006 in Russia, the state-owned Gazprom took back control from Shell of the largest integrated oil and gas field in the world, Sakhalin-2, after Shell was accused of breaking environmental laws.. Bolivia nationalised its entire gas industry in 2006.. At first, the reactions from the corporations and international markets in both cases were furious, with dire warnings given about how the countries would suffer from lost investment.. But these warnings came to nothing: in the end the oil giants simply went along with these changes when they realised there were still enormous profits to be made.. There are many examples of successful nationalised oil and gas industries.. Norway is one of the best examples of state-controlled extraction of gas and oil.. Ironically, a significant chunk of the Corrib Gas profits will benefit the Norwegian people through Statoil, as it is majority-owned by the Norwegian government and has a 36% stake in Corrib.. Venezuela has begun nationalising the industry within the past two years.. Most Venezuelans lived in degrading poverty throughout the 20th century, while enormous revenues from oil and gas went to foreign companies and a tiny Venezuelan elite.. The government has redirected oil wealth into public spending, bringing health, education and dignity to the poor.. Even if Ireland s gas and oil fields were not nationalised, hundreds of billions of euro could be raised if Ireland took a similar share in its own gas to that which applies in other countries..

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  • Title: Environment | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: Environmental and Pollution Issues.. Water Pollution.. Carrowmore Lake:.. If you site a petrochemical industry in the catchment area of a community drinking water [source] you are asking for trouble and it s only a matter of time before damage is done.. Construction of the gas refinery has necessitated the excavation of over half a million tons of peat, which were transported and dumped several km away at Srahmore peat facility.. The disturbance of aluminium rich deposits under the bog during excavation combined with inadequate water management at the site has resulted in the pollution of the local drinking water source, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protected Area of Carrowmore Lake.. Aluminium contaminated water was allowed to run off the site draining into the lake.. Mayo County Council s figures show that aluminium levels in the drinking water coming from the lake contain levels of aluminium exceeding the World Health Organisation's accepted safety levels.. Further and more serious contamination of Carrowmore Lake is feared if the refinery is built and operational.. During the 2007 oral hearing for the granting of an IPPC (integrated pollution prevention and control) licence Leo Corcoran of An Taisce lodged an objection to the granting of the licence on behalf the basis that the Bellanaboy site does not comply with international codes of practice for siting gas processing terminals because it is located within the catchment of a major water supplier.. As well as the lake s primary importance as the source of drinking water for almost 10,000 people, it is also of considerable ecological value, primarily for the extensive intact blanket bog surrounding the lake, which provides a range of good quality habitats for both plants and animals.. The north-western  ...   several marine mammals.. A study commissioned by Enterprise Energy in 2001 from the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre at UCC found the bay to be of special importance for cetaceans and other marine mammals.. The study recorded over 220 sightings of two whale and five otter and dolphin species commenting that there are few if any comparable examples of a relatively small bay in Ireland containing all five Annex II marine mammals with such frequency (bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, grey seal, common seal and European otter).. It found that Broadhaven Bay was an important breading and rearing area for whales and dolphins specifically bottlenose dolphins.. The area was also noted as containing important foraging habitats for numerous marine mammal species, plankton feeding basking sharks and seabirds.. Significantly the findings of the UCC report were omitted from the subsequent EIS, which stated that there was no evidence that the bay is of particular importance to whales and dolphins.. Air Pollution:.. A key concern in relation to the proposed refinery at Bellanaboy is the issue of air pollution.. Aerial emissions is what is now a pristine environment will include Oxides of Carbon, Oxides of Nitrogen, Sulphur Dioxide, Volatile organic compounds, methane and ozone.. It is proposed to emit methane through a process of cold venting.. Conservation Areas.. The Erris area is considered to be internationally important in terms of habitats and many of the birds, mammals and plants are listed as Annex I or II species, requiring strict EU protection.. Shell's proposed refinery and pipeline directly affect the following protected areas:.. Broadhaven Bay SAC 000472.. Carrowmore Lake Complex SAC 000476.. Glenamoy Bog Complex SAC 000500.. Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven SPA 004037.. Carrowmore Lake SPA 004052.. Pollatomish Bog NHA 001548..

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  • Title: Timeline | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: 1975: Minister for Commerce and Industry Justin Keating introduces licensing terms for offhsore exploration and production, including provision for 50% State participation.. 1987: Minister for Energy Ray Burke introduces new licensing terms, abolishing State royalties and State participation, and introduces 100% tax write-offs for exploration and development costs on 30 September, before return of Dáil.. 1992: Minister for Finance Bertie Ahern introduces 1992 Finance Act, reducing corporation tax on oil profits to 25%.. Minister for Marine and Natural Resources Bobby Molloy introduces new licensing terms reflecting Burke's changes.. Also so-called Frontier Licenses were introduced that allowed the oil companies up to 20 years to hold a license on a particular offshore block, i.. e.. a designated drilling location.. January 1993: Enterprise Oil awarded deepwater exploration licence for block 18/20, which contains Corrib gas field.. October 1996: Enterprise Oil discovers the Corrib gas field 80 kilometres off the northwest coast of Mayo.. Enterprise Energy Ireland incorporated in Bahamas.. April 2000: First notices of Corrib gas projects in Mayo newspapers.. July 2000: Government passes Gas (Amendment) Act of 2000.. September 2000: Bertie Ahern introduces Statutory Instrument 110, transferring powers over production pipelines from Department of Public Enterprise to Department of the Marine and Natural Resources.. October, 2000: Bord Gais outlines plans to construct pipeline from North Mayo to Craughwell, Co.. Galway, on behalf of the Corrib co-venturers Enterprise, Statoil and Marathon.. November, 2000: Enterprise Energy Ireland (E.. E.. I.. ) applies for planning permission for an onshore terminal for Corrib at Bellanaboy, North Mayo.. January, 2001: Mayo Co.. Council seeks more information from E.. after local concerns are raised.. April, 2001: E.. submits a new planning application for the onshore terminal.. June, 2001: Mayo Co.. Council seeks further information on the second planning application for the onshore terminal.. July, 2001: E.. sumits this further information.. Meanwhile, the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources, Mr.. Frank Fahey, hosts a public meeting on offshore licensing aspects of Corrib in Geesala, Co.. Mayo.. August 3rd, 2001: Mayo Co.. Council grants planning permission for the onshore terminal, with conditions.. This is immediately appealed to An Bord Pleanála by residents and environmental groups.. August 24th, 2001: Minister Fahey, during a debate on Corrib gas, tells the Humbert Summer School in Ballina that the objectors are holding up progress in the west.. October, 2001: The Minister for the Marine denies claims made in the Dáil by Mayo Fine Gael TD, Michael Ring, that he has been interfering in the planning process in relation to the Corrib project.. 2001 Budget, 25% Corporation Tax was reduced to 16.. 5% which will finally be reduced to 12.. 5% at the behest of the oil industry!.. November 16th, 2001: Mr.. Fahey issues a petroleum lease for Corrib gas field the first new production lease in the last 30 years.. November 21st, 2001: E.. submits new environmental impact statement to the Department of Marine and Natural Resources in support of application to construct a natural gas pipeline from sub-sea facilities to the terminal at Bellanaboy bridge.. The company also applies for approval of its plan of development, a foreshore licence, and consent to construct the pipeline.. February, 2002: An Bord Pleanála opens its oral hearing in Ballina on the appeal against planning permission for the onshore terminal.. April, 2002: Mr.. Fahey publishes Marine Licence Vetting Committee report which approved granting foreshore lease to Corrib project, with conditions.. May, 2002: Foreshore licence granted by Minister Fahey to E.. shortly before he leaves office.. June, 2002: An Bord Pleanála requests further information on the onshore terminal application from E.. , now owned by Shell, and raises concerns about health and safety.. July, 2002: Managing Director of E.. , Mr.. Brian Ó Cáthain, resigns and is replaced by Mr.. Andy Pyle, formerly of Shell.. September, 2002: E.. submits further information to An Bord Pleanála and denies reports that it may abandon the Corrib field.. November, 2002: An Bord Pleanála holds unprecedented second oral hearing into the E.. terminal application.. The two oral hearings have now lasted 22 days, making them the second longest in the board s history.. December, 2002: E.. and former Minister Fahey deny claims in a Channel 4 news report that huge pressure was exerted on Mayo Co.. Council s planning office to grant permission for the controversial terminal.. E.. also refutes a suggestion that it has chosen a highly dangerous route for the 8km pipeline from the seashore to the termainl at Bellanaboy.. March, 2003: E.. again denies claims that it intends to plug the Corrib Field for a period of 20 years.. April, 2003: An Bord Pleanála overturns Mayo Co.. Council s decision to grant planning permission for the gas terminal.. expresses disappointment with the outcome and announces that it is now considering the future of the Corrib gas project.. September, 2003: Enterprise Energy  ...   of national and international day of action.. April 2006 -.. Rossport Solidarity Camp re-opens.. Monday April 10 2006 -.. Shell to Sea block entry of Shell machinery at Bellanaboy.. 26 September - first attempt by Gardai to.. break pickets of Shell's construction site.. at Bellanboy fails.. Tuesday October 3rd 2006 -.. Hundreds of Gardai brought into Erris.. to force Shell construction through in what is referred to as the.. effective occupation of the Bellanaboy area.. at the cost of millions of euro.. Nov 8 -.. Shell to Sea activists disrupt minister Dempsey at oil bosses conference.. in Dublin.. Fri Nov 10 2006 - Many injuries as.. Gardai baton charge protesters.. to force Shell convoy through, later the officer in charge would.. boast in the Gardai Review.. of how this was part of their no arrest strategy.. Feb 16 -.. 100 enter Shell refinery construction site at Bellanboy.. Feb 24 2007 -.. National Shell to Sea demonstration in Dublin.. March 22 -.. Sixty Shell to Sea protesters entered the proposed refinery site at Bellanboy.. March 27 -.. Shell HQ in Dublin occupied to protest at gas giveaway.. Friday April 13 -.. Six arrests in Ballinaboy As 30 Enter Shell Site.. April 21 -.. Willie Corduff wins Goldman Environmental prize.. 27 April -.. Shell HQ in Dublin blockaded by Shell to Sea.. from early morning.. 18 May - Shell HQ in Dublin again blockaded by Shell to Sea from early morning.. Tuesday June 5th 2007 -.. Lock on in front of Shell s peat deposit site in Mayo.. June 11/12 -.. Gardai violently removed protesters.. attempting to stop the illegal instalment of a Shell portacabin on the land of publican Paddy McGrath near Pollathomais.. 14 June 2007 - Following several years of campaigning with Shell to Sea, Green Party TD.. Eamonn Ryan is appointed to the ministry with responsibility for the Corrib Gas project.. July 2007 -.. Global Community Monitor (GCM) Report Slams Garda Abuse in Mayo.. Weds October 24 2007 - Shell 2 Sea.. stop Shell drilling on the Special Area of Conservation.. at Glengad.. Weds December 19 2007 - Shell of Sea protesters scale ministers office building for a banner drop reading '.. Protect Irish Natural Resource.. '.. 22 July 2008 -.. 13 arrested at they try and halt construction of Shell compound.. 16 August 2008 -.. ahead of Shell's pipe laying operations.. Thursday August 21st -.. 8 arrested as they attempt to halt pipe laying preparation.. , lives put under threat by the failure to halt construction despite the presence of people in hte ater nearby.. September 2008: Solitaire arrives to begin pipe laying operations but the pipe laying apparatus becomes damaged and the ship withdraws halting construction for a year.. 4th September -.. 8 arrested as Kayaks attempt to halt pipe laying preparation.. in Broadhaven bay.. 9th September -.. Solitaire arrives in Broadhaven bay.. Maura Harrington begins hunger strike, Pat O'Donnell arrested to prevent him fishing the bay.. 11th September - Solitaire forced to.. withdraw from Broadhaven bay.. after its pipe laying appartus became damaged.. The previousday several people had been arrested while blocking roads and Pat O'Donell and his son had been arrested again to prevent them fishing the bay.. 18 September 2008 -.. Solitaire forced to withdraw.. from Irish waters bringing a halt to the pipeline laying until the following summer.. 11th March 2009 -.. Maura Harrington jailed for 30 days for resisting Shell.. Dublin Shell to Sea supporters attempt to stop the prison van carrying her into Mountjoy prison.. Solidarity protests held at the prison over the 30 days,.. April 1st-3rd Nets Shell erect to prevent Sand Martin's nesting at Glengad.. repeatedly removed by community.. Thursday April 13th -.. Willie Corduff attacked and hospitalised.. by several masked men in the dead of night while under a lorry at the Shell compound.. April 16th -.. Michael Dwyer killed in Bolivia.. He had gone to Bolivia as part of a group that included four others who had worked with him as security at the Shell compound in Bolivia.. Sunday April 26 -.. community unite to remove nets.. Shell had placed at the compound to stop Sand Martin's being able to enter their nexts.. Saturday May 9th -.. attempt to dismantle Shell's illegal compound.. ends in several arrests.. Thursday May 14th -.. Tripods used to halt Shell construction.. on Glengad beach.. Monday May 18th - Maura Harrington again jailed for resisting Shell, prison van carrying her into Mounjoy prison is.. blocked by Dublin Shell to Sea protesters for 20 minutes.. June 5-8th: Dredging work in Broadhaven bay.. repeatedly stopped by protesters boarding the dredger.. Gardai eventually destroy the protesters inflatable boats with knives as they had the previous summer.. June 11th At 2am on Thursday morning, Pat O'Donnell's boat the 'Iona Isle' was.. boarded by four masked men and sunk.. out at sea..

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  • Title: A story of state and corporate corruption | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: A story of state and corporate corruption.. St.. John Ó Donnabháin - Left Curve forthcoming.. As part of the recent storm around the release by Wikileaks of thousands upon thousands of US diplomatic cables, a report from the US ambassador to Nigeria has been prominent.. The cable concerned the oil industry in that country, and specifically referred to discussions with Ann Pickard of Shell, the dominant player in the Nigerian oil industry.. Pickard, then Shell s vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa, where she sought to share intelligence with the US government on militant activity and business competition in the contested Niger Delta.. Shell was attempting to retain their wide-scale control of natural resources in the face of potential competition from Russia and China.. The ambassador further reported that Pickard said the GON [Government Of Nigeria] had forgotten that Shell had seconded people to all the relevant ministries and that Shell consequently had access to everything that was being done in those ministries.. This has lead to huge criticism of Shell s operations in Nigeria, where they are said to have a vice-like grip on the country s oil wealth, and lead the oil watchdog Platform to point out that Shell claim to act completely apart from Nigerian politics, when in fact they work deep within that system, and have long used channels in the notoriously corrupt Nigerian political system to its own advantage1.. Nnimmo Bassey of Friends of the Earth Nigeria said: Shell has become a pseudo-political organisation bent on taking political power and undermining our national interest, national security, and our sovereignty 2.. Shell arrived in the North-West of Ireland almost 10 years ago, taking over Enterprise Oil.. Impropriety and dodgy dealings with a corrupt political elite have followed them around during their time here too.. They have sought to push through the development of a massive refinery in a residential area, which would be connected to the offshore gas field by a high-pressure pipeline running through local peoples lands, against their consent.. Shell wanted to start production by 2003, but the earliest it will now begin in end 2012/2013.. This is due to the determined and powerful resistance of the local community, and many friends and supporters from around the country and the world.. The opposition has included civil disobedience, legal actions, protests, planning objections, and lots more besides.. They have faced a powerful opponent in the corporate behemoth of Shell, one of the largest companies in the world.. But they have faced more than just Shell, as the Irish State and political elite have been complicit at every turn with the attempts to force the project through.. This is a story of corruption on a massive scale, and of a State which has placed the interests of a foreign company above that of its own citizens, both on a local and a national level.. Background The Story so far.. As you approach Glengad and Pullathomas, alongside Sruwaddacon Bay, the heart of the decade-plus long struggle for the integrity of the local area, a beautiful light plays between Dooncarton mountain, the bay, the farm and the bogland, and the vast ever-changing skies around, it s easy to see how this conflict has often been romanticised as tradition versus progress.. And while that forms part of the issue, with debate around costs and benefits arising from development, and older wisdoms versus hired experts , there is also so much more.. It is also a thoroughly modern, contemporary story of massive business attempting to sweep all before it, of the battleground as to whether the State s role is to participate and regulate industry (and if it can be forced to do so), or whether it is simply to facilitate development at all costs, effectively fusing with business in a corporatist worldview which sees many of the responsibilities of States as simply burdens upon the operation of the free market.. Gas was discovered off the North West coast of Ireland in 1996.. Initially this was welcomed by the communities of North Mayo, but this attitude didn t last as serious questions quickly arose about the project.. This area is an unspoiled, environmentally protected area, but first Enterprise Oil, and then Shell after their takeover of Enterprise, proposed to lay an experimental high-pressure pipeline filled with untreated gas through the residential areas of Glengad and Rossport.. This pipe was initially proposed to run 40 metres from people s homes, at pressures of up to 345 bar a multiple of the pressure of an ordinary gas transmission pipeline, which would have a maximum of up to 70 bar.. Even at this lower pressure, there have been fatal explosions all over the world, from Belgium to New Mexico, US, to mention just two recent examples.. As the gas within the pipe would not be treated until it reached the refinery, there would be no safety odour to aid detection of any possible leak, and the gas would contain a cocktail of impurities which would add to its likelihood of corrosion or explosion.. As the industry standard would be to locate refining facilities offshore or at coastal (beachhead) locations, the need for this kind of pipeline to go through a residential area never arose before Shell s team finally admitted under questioning that it was unique at the An Bord Pleanála (ABP The Irish Planning Board) oral hearing in 2009.. This would connect with a refinery in Bellanaboy which would process the gas.. Despite repeated assurance from the developers and from elected representatives that there s nothing to worry about , local people set about informing themselves about all aspects of the project.. Indeed, in time they would develop a level of expertise that would repeatedly flummox Shell s army of paid experts.. The need for the pipeline arose because the Irish State Forestry Board, Coillte, sold a 400 acre site to Shell at Bellanaboy, North Mayo.. The site is five miles inland, and necessitated a pipe to connect the offshore section of the pipe with the refinery.. If there was no inland refinery, there would be no need for a pipe the alternative would be an offshore or coastal refinery.. This sale was facilitated by an obsequious Irish government, drunk at the prospect of the oil and gas industry arriving wholesale in Ireland, and heedless to any concerns of the people living in the area.. When campaigners met Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on a visit to Belmullet, the local market town, in 2002 to put their claims to him, they were told that while he knew that they were not NIMBYs (Not-In-My-Back-Yard protesters), this project will go ahead.. This issue is explored further later in this piece.. Apart from the prospect of explosion or fire threatening their homes, people in the Kilcommon area (the receiving area) were faced with the prospect of very serious environmental degradation, and a corresponding decrease in their health and quality of life.. The pipe proposed to cross environmentally-protected Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Specially Protected Areas (SPAs), endangering the sensitive wildlife in the area.. Furthermore, during the clearing of peat (bogland matter) from the refinery site, rainfall (a fairly predictable occurrence in this part of the world!) led to a leaching of aluminium from the land, and into drains and streams, contaminating Carrowmore Lake, the local water supply for 10,000 people, with levels of aluminium which were literally off the charts.. Furthermore, having a refinery in a water catchment area is expressly forbidden in other oil and gas refining areas, such as in Scotland.. There are also plans for gas flaring, i.. burning off of excess gas, facilities at the Bellanaboy refinery.. These are proven to have huge adverse health impacts on people residing in the surrounding area.. While Shell state that gas flaring will only be used sparingly as a safety measure, a Nigerian environmental activist was recently arrested in the Niger Delta for photographing the gas flaring that Shell explicitly states does not take place, contrary to what locals state is a part of their everyday lives1.. A British scientist, Dr Alex Rogers, was commissioned by local fisherman Pat O Donnell to look at the potential impacts of the development on fishing in the area.. O Donnell was told that if the proposed development went ahead, he would be better off leaving the area, due to the contamination which would result (Irish Times).. Alongside the local safety and environmental concerns raised, was the issue of Ireland s ownership of its natural resources.. Through the second half of the 1980s and into the 1990s, the exploration terms for oil and gas companies were fundamentally restructured to the detriment of the exchequer.. In this time, state royalties (or ownership of a percentage of any find) were abolished; a total exploration cost write-off was introduced, and; the corporation tax paid was slashed from 50% to 25% (the process by which this happened will be examined more fully later on).. This contrasts sharply with, for example, the approach of the Norwegian State, who discovered oil and gas a little earlier than Ireland, and who take a significant stake in royalties from the country s natural resources through the State oil and gas company, Statoil.. Ironically, Statoil hold a 36.. 5% stake in the Corrib field (Shell are the largest 45% - shareholder, and the developer), and would never have similar standards tolerated in Norway.. Ireland has the second worst terms in the world.. Little wonder that campaigners brand this a complete giveaway of Ireland s natural resources.. As the campaign has continued, and opposition grew, serious questions have been raised about the treatment of protesters and their civil and human rights.. Compulsory Acquisition Orders (CAOs) were granted on land owned by objectors to a private company, Shell, for the first time in the history of the Irish State to try to enable the company to push their pipe through the lands of people in the local area.. When this was opposed, Shell sought, and were granted, an order from the High Court against a number of prominent opponents of the development, stopping them from interfering with any works on their own lands.. This order was defied by five men, who became known as the Rossport 5 , and who were then sent to jail indefinitely in 2005 for contempt of court in relation to the above order, and for refusing to bow to Shell s will.. They ended up serving 94 days in jail, and their plight brought the campaign to national headlines and the attention of the world.. Protests against the development have also lead to confrontation with the Gardaí (police).. Protests blocking the building of the refinery were met with brutal violence from Gardaí, culminating in a baton charge, and people being thrown into drainage ditches in November 20062; police used a digger to force entry onto the private land of a local person without permission to install a surveying Portacabin in 2007 (the Portacabin they managed to install had to be removed shortly afterwards, but not before the strain of the situation and the police surveillance or his home had lead to landowner to have a stroke); prominent opponent and Rossport 5 member Willie Corduff was hospitalised by Shell s private security during an occupation under a truck in 2009 senior Gardaí then attempted to deny that Corduff had been assaulted, and to cover up the incident.. Human Rights groups FrontLine1, the Global Community Monitor, and Table Observers, among others, have detailed many of the abuses.. These are just a few examples of a long-running campaign in which the nominally neutral Gardaí have very clearly chosen sides in the dispute, leading to huge distrust from opponents of Shell s development.. Where does government come into this?.. The role of the government in all of this is crucial to a proper understanding of how the conflict has played out.. The following section will look at the (mis)deeds of a succession of ministers, and others, with responsibility for the project, and how they have overseen the transfer of a massive amount of public wealth, in the form of oil and gas, from public to private hands.. The relationship between a hugely corporate-supplicant attitude and clear signs of corruption in the decision making process will inform the analysis of how the development arrived where it is today.. Other allegations, the operation of an Irish golden circle (TASC ) or powerful elite, and proven corruption in different arenas will also be examined character references of a sort.. A bit of History.. After the Kinsale gas field was discovered and exploited by Marathon Oil in 1973 under very favourable terms for the oil company, Justin Keating decided to do something about it.. The Minister for Industry and Commerce in the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition government from 1973-77, Keating put in place a regime that aimed to get a strong deal for Ireland in the exploitation of our natural resources.. The exploration regime he initiated was guided by the following three principles:.. The State, acting for the people as owners of the resources, should be paid for the resource [i.. royalties];.. Companies engaged in offshore development on the Irish Continental Shelf should be subject to Irish taxation, and;.. Since the resources are public property, the State must have the right to participate in their exploitation.. Keating further outlined the the Irish State would have up to 50% participation in finds, that 8-16% would be paid in royalties (with bonuses due to the State in the event of large finds), and that companies would be subject to a corporation tax rate of 50%2.. He was inspired by the similarly progressive exploration regime in countries like Norway, who would go on to build a prosperous economy with strong social protection on the back of the oil and gas industry.. After the end of the coalition government in 1977, when the election ended in victory for the opposition Fianna Fáil party on the back of their infamously fiscally irresponsible promise to slash taxes, the latter would be in power for all but eight of the next 33 years up to the present day and they would spend much of that time undermining and reversing the Keating terms.. While Dick Spring of the Labour party would make some changes to the regime in 1985, when Ray Burke became Minister for Industry in 1987, he set about introducing wholesale changes.. Burke abolished royalties, introduced a full write-off of exploration coasts against tax, and lengthened and liberalised exploration licences but he left the corporation tax rate alone, saying to cut that would be overly generous.. Burke had met with, and was lobbied by, over 20 oil companies and he met  ...   was also involved in setting up Q4PR (another Public Relations company) with former Fianna Fáil General Secretary Martin Mackin.. These may have been the well placed contacts that Shell were determined to secure1.. Within a year of the refusal of permission, Shell had been granted planning permission.. Their request that Kevin Moore not be involved in the assessment of the second application haven been granted.. This was not a failure of regulation; this was a concerted campaign by powerful people in industry and government, working hand-in-hand against proper regulation.. The Centre for Public Inquiry.. Another attempt at oversight would meet with a similar onslaught in 2005.. The Centre for Public Inquiry (CPI) was set up in February 2005 as a watchdog against corruption in public affairs, in the same vein as similar organisations in other countries such as the US and Australia.. It was funded by the Irish-American multi-millionaire Chuck Feeney, and its second report was into the Corrib issue, and was entitled The Great Corrib Gas Controversy.. The report was a fearless exposé of the sorry saga of Corrib, as well as examining many of the changes in oil and gas terms detailed herein, and also contained an engineering report into the proposed pipeline.. All sections of the report were in agreement there were massive deficiencies in the proposed project, and how it was arrived at.. This report followed on from a similarly damning report into issues surrounding Trim Castle, entitled A Monument to Bad Planning.. This rocking of the boat was not appreciated by the Irish political elite.. Mary Harney, the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and leader of the right-wing Progressive Democrat (PD) party, took aim:.. The idea of some group of citizens setting themselves up with absolutely no justification to the wider public is absolutely sinister and inappropriate.. Harney deliberately failed to mention that similar organisations existed, and were highly respected, abroad.. Furthermore, her description could as easily include newspapers and their existence is rarely referred to as sinister and inappropriate.. Harney s PD colleague, and Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell took the attack to a whole new level.. McDowell abused Dáil privilege (which grants immunity from prosecution over statements made in parliament) to repeat allegations that the CPI s Director, Frank Connolly, had travelled to Colombia under a false passport.. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had already investigated the allegations in 2003, and decided that Connolly did not have a case to answer.. But this did not stop McDowell repeating the allegations as if they were fact, secure in the knowledge that he would not have to stand over them.. This in turn had the desired effect of putting huge pressure on Feeney, and he duly pulled out his funding for the CPI, guaranteeing its closure.. Connolly had earlier, in 1997, helped expose Ray Burke s corruption through his work as journalist, and would go on to do the same to Bertie Ahern in 2006.. The DPP was scathing in its assessment of McDowell s abuse of his position in relation to Connolly:.. A public and private blackening of his name has been unleashed by the Minister.. This shows a signal departure from principles of fair dealings and respect for justice to the individual citizen by the State which are absolute, save in the most exceptional circumstances and where legislated for by the Oireachtas [House].. The methods adopted by the Minister may well have undermined the status, authority, and the statutory independence of the DPP.. The PDs had clearly come a long way from their foundation in the late 1980s as an anti-sleaze and corruption breakaway from Fianna Fáil (then under the leadership of the infamous Charles Haughey, political mentor to Ahern and political benefactor to Burke).. Connolly recently speculated that knowledge among the political elite that a report was forthcoming which would have exposed dodgy dealings between Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA chaired by McDowell s wife Niamh Brennan) and a number of banks, primarily Anglo-Irish Bank, was part of the reason that that elite brought their power to bear against the CPI1.. Seán Fitzpatrick, former CEO of Anglo-Irish Bank and currently public enemy number one in relation to Ireland s banking collapse, was a regular figure in the Fianna Fáil Galway Races fundraising tent mentioned earlier, and had extensive contacts at all levels of government, as a well as (conveniently) sitting on the board of the DDDA and pushing for further development most of which would be funded by credit from his bank, and would therefore benefit himself and his bank.. Whatever the straw that broke the camel s back was, it is certain that the threat to the cosy corporatist hegemony of the golden circle of political and business elite in Ireland motivated the above backlash against a force for openness and transparency in this country, and a force which was embarrassing them over Corrib.. Bob Hanna and government lobbying for Shell s project.. In more recent times, 2009 saw another oral hearing from An Bord Pleanála (ABP) into the planning permission application from Shell for their proposed onshore pipeline.. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is a section of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources which perfectly fits Channel 4 s earlier detailed description as seeing itself as an implementation arm of Royal Dutch Shell.. Bob Hanna of TAG wrote to ABP after they had closed the oral hearing, complaining that the Board were using a methodology (based on British oil and gas standards) which was based solely on consequence.. Hanna also told ABP that Corrib meets all relevant safety standards (i.. TAG s standards) in direct contradiction of ABP s stated ruling2.. It is highly questionable that a senior civil servant would complain that safety standards were too high in relation to a project that has caused massive concern in the community, and indeed has been changed on a number of occasions in response to those concerns.. It is even more improper when the hearing has closed, and the Board is not accepting any more submissions it amounts to an attempt to pressurise ABP in favour of the developer.. Campaigner Ed Moran echoes Michael Ring s concern from 2002 about interfering with ABP deliberations, saying that they are akin to a case before the High Court, and that Hanna grossly interfered in the process the more things change, the more they stay the same.. Conclusions.. At the moment, in the wake of yet another lengthy ABP oral hearing into the proposed pipeline, all sides are waiting for what will be an absolutely pivotal judgement from the Board.. Having ruled in November 2009 that Shell failed to prove that their proposal didn t pose an unacceptable risk to health and safety, ABP called a new hearing into and altered proposal by Shell in August 2010.. After yet another heroic performance at the hearing by ordinary people who have accumulated enough experience to often flummox Shell s many experts, against the backdrop of excellent protests and direct action against Shell s destructive surveying work the resistance remains strong.. The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has focussed minds on the fallibility of the oil and gas industry, but this must be translated into concrete change.. But, as we have seen, the campaign is facing a very powerful alliance of massive corporate capital with a State which is committed to deploying all of the relevant resources at its disposal to try to ensure the project is forced through.. From the days of the massive turnaround in terms in favour of the oil and gas companies, through Fahey s campaign for Enterprise and Shell, and backroom dealings that saw Kevin Moore s honest report discarded, through to the enforced closure of the CPI, and Bob Hanna intervening improperly this has been a project dogged by political favouritism and huge controversy.. The issue of the police is also a very important one, but one on which issues of space obliged omission see end for reading on the topic.. The legacy of a Fianna Fáil (and also Progressive Democrat) party which has been in power for so long that it has come to identify its own interests and those of its corporate allies as being confluent with those of the State, has been disastrous for North Mayo, and for Ireland at large.. The idea of an impartial State adjudicating in a dispute between two parties has been utterly obliterated.. But that is not to say that the battle has been lost far from it, and there s plenty that you can do to help support the campaign.. What you can do.. At the time of going to print, we don t know ABP s latest ruling, but in the event that they come back with a negative finding, financial support will be needed to take the fight to Shell in the legal arena.. Any support, no matter how small, is massively appreciated every little adds up! If you can run a table quiz, raffle, gig, bake sale, whatever then please do.. Send your donations to:.. ACCOUNT: Shell to Sea Account.. BANK: Bank of Ireland, Belmullet, Co.. Mayo, Ireland.. SORT CODE: 905299.. A/C NUMBER: 19694399.. Aside from that, there s plenty of other things you can do to support the campaign:.. Inform yourself and others about the many issues by reading and distributing this article and the readings at the end.. Go to.. shelltosea.. or contact us for leaflets and more info.. Could you run a stall or a talk (possibly even over the internet) to raise awareness in your area.. Write about the campaign in your magazines, blogs, zines, or anything else.. Contact us to express your support through Facebook (.. facebook.. com/pages/Shell-to-Sea/111938502169067.. ), Twitter (.. http://twitter.. com/shell2sea.. ) , by email (.. rossportsolidaritycamp@gmail.. ), or by letter (Rossport Solidarity Camp, Barr na Coilleadh, Poll an tSómais, Co.. Mayo, Ireland) you have no idea how much support from around the world keeps spirits up and the campaign strong!.. Organise protests/boycotts/blockades/occupations/critical masses at Government offices Shell / Statoil garages offices.. If possible, come to Ireland and visit us, or tell your friends and family who re visiting or living here about the campaign.. 1975 The Keating terms are enacted.. 1987 Ray Burke becomes Minister, meets with the oil companies, and fundamentally changes the terms.. 1992 Bertie Ahern halves corporation tax on resource finds.. 1996 The Corrib Gas field is discovered.. 2000 Enterprise apply for planning permission for Bellanaboy refinery.. 2002 ABP oral hearing into Bellanaboy takes place.. 2003 Application is refused.. Much frantic dealing ensues.. 2004 ABP approves refinery, with 42 conditions.. 2005 The Rossport 5 are jailed for the summer; the CPI is founded, burns brightly but briefly, and is disbanded.. 2006 Blockade of Bellanaboy refinery site is ended by Garda violence.. 2007-09 The campaign continues apace.. 2009 ABP Oral Hearing into the onshore pipeline is convened; it finds that Shell failed to prove their development is not unsafe.. But it chooses to ask for more information, rather than refusing permission.. 2010 Reconvened Oral Hearing takes place no adjudication as of yet.. Glossary of terms and abbreviations.. ABP An Bord Pleanála The Board - The Irish Planning Board.. CAOs Compulsory Acquisition Orders Governmental Orders which enable the taking of private property for a public good; used for the benefit of a private company for the first time in relation to Corrib.. CPI Centre for Public Inquiry Governmental watchdog and author of the report, The Great Corrib Gas Controversy.. Dáil Lower, but more important house of the Irish parliament.. Fianna Fáil currently the largest political party in Ireland, and in power for most of the history of the State.. PD Progressive Democrat party Small right-wing, anti-corruption party which split from Fianna Fáil in 1986 and was dissolved in 2008.. RTÉ Radio Teilifís Éireann Radio Television Ireland, the public (State) broadcaster.. TAG Technical Advisory Group internal section of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources with responsibility for Technical aspects of oil and gas exploration.. Tánaiste Irish Deputy Prime Minister.. Taoiseach Irish Prime Minister.. TASC An independent think-tank against social inequality.. References.. Books and reports:.. Centre for Public Inquiry, The Great Corrib Gas Controversy , CPI, 2005, available at.. com/index.. php?page=further-information.. Brian Barrington, Breakdown in Trust: A Report on the Corrib Gas dispute , FrontLine Defenders, 2010, available at.. frontlinedefenders.. org/node/2474.. Lorna Siggins, Once Upon A Time in the West: The Corrib Gas Controversy , Transworld Ireland, 2010.. Newspaper articles.. No -one is fooled by Shell s bluster , Western People, 2005, available at.. com/content/no-one-fooled-shell%E2%80%99s-bluster.. New questions about Fahey link to salon , Irish Times, 2006, available at.. ie/article/76360.. Expert warns on impact of gas plan , Irish Times, 2007, available at.. com/node/1707.. Next government to solve Corrib , Mayo News, 2007, available at.. php?option=com_content task=view id=1511 It.. Celia Larkin bought house with Ahern cumann money , Irish Times, 2008, available at.. com/newspaper/frontpage/2008/0223/1203619293524.. html.. Opposition says Ahern s fittness to lead now in doubt , Irish Times, 2008, available at.. com/newspaper/frontpage/2008/0321/1206024699212.. ht.. Corrib gas protesters meet ministers , Mayo News, 2010, available at.. php?option=com_content view=article id=8844.. How the State deserted its people and resources , Western People, 2010, available at.. ie/news/story/?trs=eyqlgbaugb.. To Shell or to Connacht , Irish Times, 2010, available at.. com/newspaper/weekend/2010/1016/1224281204343.. Nnimmo Bassey quote, 2010, available at.. com/content/nnimmo-bassey.. Wikileaks cables: Shell s grip on the Nigerian State revealed , Guardian, 2010, available at.. guardian.. co.. uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-ni.. Nnimmo Bassey was arrested when he took these flare photos for trespassing in a toxic environment , Justice in Nigeria Now, 2010, available at.. http://justiceinnigerianow.. org/uncategorized/nnimmo-bassey-was-arrested-.. Ireland s property crash could have been avoided , Irish Central, 2010, available at.. irishcentral.. com/news/-Irelands-property-crash-could-have-bee.. Other websites:.. Burke admits making false tax returns , RTÉ News, 2004, available at.. rte.. ie/news/2004/0712/burker.. Shellspeak: Media Mechanics and Financial Dynnamics , Indymedia, 2006, available at.. ie/article/79054.. Sargent vindicated by new Fahey revelations , Green Party website (refers to Ireland on Sunday article), 2006, available at.. greenparty.. ie/en/news/latest_news/sargent_vindicated_by_new_f.. Garda violence for Shell in Mayo, Ireland , YouTube, 2010, available at.. youtube.. com/watch?v=UZ4_TZQTj3Y.. Mapping the golden circle , TASC, 2010, available at.. tascnet.. ie/showPage.. php?ID=3123 PHPSESSID=e732170db97428cc2f0.. More info:.. Campaign info Shell to Sea:.. com/content/campaign-info.. Giving our resources to Norway , Irish Times, 2005, available at.. com/content/giving-our-resources-norway.. Gas explosion fears raised at hearing , Irish Times, 2009, available at.. com/content/gas-explosion-fears-raised-hearing.. David versus Goliath in a Mayo bog , Irish Echo, 2009, available at.. com/node/62.. Unlawful detention of protesters Do Human Rights matter? , Living In Rossport Blog, 2010, available at.. http://livinginrossport.. wordpress.. com/2010/04/22/unlawful-detention-of-p.. Now you are talking my language , Submission to An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing, 2010, available at.. com/content/now-you-are-talking-my-language.. Judge Haughton flew over the cuckoo s nest , Living In Rossport Blog, 2010, available at.. com/2009/12/14/judge-haughton-flew-ove.. leftcurve.. org/..

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  • Title: Campaign Aims | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:.. 1)Any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.. 2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.. 3) To seek justice for the human rights  ...   the estimate, issued by the Department of Communications, Energy Natural Resources (DCENR) in 2006, that the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the Rockall and Porcupine basins, off Ireland s west coast, is 10 BBOE (billion barrels of oil equivalent).. Based on the average price of a barrel of oil for 2010 of $79, this works out at $790 billion, or 580 billion.. This does not take account of further oil and gas reserves off Ireland s south east coasts or inland.. Also, as the global price of oil rises in the coming years, the value of these Irish natural resources will rise further..

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  • Title: Films | Shell to Sea
    Descriptive info: Pipe Down -.. Vimeo Link.. - * Winner - Best Feature Documentary - Waterford Film Festival 2009 *.. Under Pressure - Part1.. here.. Part 2.. - * Winner: Best Documentary - Kerry Film Festival 2007 *.. The Pipe - Trailer.. or DVD can be brought.. - * Official Selection Toronto Film Festival Winner  ...   Policing The Pollution -.. Don't mention the water.. Shell in Mayo: A New Nigeria? -.. Good short background film.. Stopping Shell illegally drilling on SAC -.. Stopping Shell drilling on Coillte land -.. Pollathomais Pier -.. Gardai force Digger onto Private Land.. Irish Media and the Corrib Gas Project -.. Garda Violence -..

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