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Film about Shell’s controversial Corrib Gas Project wins major award at Galway International Film Festival

‘The Pipe’ has won the best documentary award at the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh, selling out both screenings and receiving standing ovations on both occasions. A documentary film, four years in the making, ‘The Pipe’ tells the story of the people of Rossport in the West of Ireland, and the efforts of the Shell Oil company to lay a high pressure, raw gas pipeline through their community.


The rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, have come into direct conflict with one of the world’s most powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their State to protect their rights, they find that the government has put Shell’s right to lay a pipeline over their own. Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s compelling documentary follows three very different characters as the local community is plunged into turmoil, not only by their opposition to the project, but more tragically, by the struggles within their own campaign. ThePipe tells the story of a pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations.

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Bye-bye BP?


Bye-bye BP? The British oil company faces a dramatic restructuring after Gulf Coast oil spill

BY Helen Kennedy

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER: Sunday, July 18th 2010, 2:53 PM

Noonan for News: A BP gas station in Harlem was cleaned after being vandalized last month. The company’s image, however, may never recover. BP may sell off its gas stations and scale back US operations, a British newspaper reported Sunday.

Even as the news from the Gulf Coast looked bright – the cap on the broken well continued to hold back the oil gusher for a third day –  the firm’s future seemed to darken.

The Sunday Times of London reported that directors at the oil giant once known as British Petroleum had been discussing a dramatic restructuring of the company with major shareholders.

Options reportedly include splitting up the conglomerate by selling off its refineries and gas stations, and doing more engineering in-house rather than outsourcing it.

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BP should face criminal probe for its role in freeing Lockerbie bomber, Sen. Chuck Schumer says


BY Erin Durkin

Monday, July 19th 2010, 4:00 AM

Zeitvogel/Getty: An anti-BP sign is displayed at a home in Louisiana.

BP should face a criminal investigation into its role in freeing the Lockerbie bomber, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

Schumer and victims’ relatives called on Attorney General Eric Holder to look into whether the oil giant broke federal laws by lobbying the British government to free Libyan terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi to help them close a $900 million oil deal with Libya.

“No matter how powerful the corporation, how important the foreign government, a blood money deal is a blood money deal,” Schumer said.

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Ratings downgrade for Ireland despite huge Corrib gas reserves

By John Donovan

It is sad to see that the “Celtic Tigers” credit rating has today been downgraded by Moodys to Aa2.

“Today’s downgrade is primarily driven by the Irish government’s gradual but significant loss of financial strength, as reflected by its deteriorating debt affordability,” said Moody’s lead analyst for Ireland Dietmar Hornung. (extract from Irish Times Article)

Ireland is unfortunately another country where corrupt politicians sold off valuable national hydrocarbon assets to unscrupulous oil companies for a pittance.

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BP in shareholder talks on break-up

By Karl West
Last updated at 10:37 PM on 18th July 2010

Under-fire oil company BP has started talking to leading shareholders about a radical restructuring, including a break-up of the business.

The early stage discussions with investors have focused on a possible sale of the group’s petrol stations and refineries, scaling back its troubled US operations and ramping-up in-house engineering instead of outsourcing.

Spinning off the oil major’s so-called ‘downstream’ assets has long been mooted by analysts and investors.

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BP oil cap may not have stopped leak home

Government demands answers as engineers detect seepage and possible methane gas leak on seabed of Gulf of Mexico

Matthew Weaver: Monday 19 July 2010 08.22 BST

Oil sheen is seen among vessels assisting near the source of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

BP‘s new cap over its damaged Gulf of Mexico oil well may not have been as successful as the company had hoped after engineers detected seepage and a possible methane gas leak on the seabed.

Admiral Thad Allen, who is in charge of the US government’s response to the disaster, has written to BP demanding answers to “undetermined anomalies at the well head”. He ordered BP to provide a plan for reopening the well by 1am today (BST).

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Shell to Sea campaigner released from jail

The Irish Times – Monday, July 19, 2010

Pat O’Donnell: jailed for abusive behaviour towards a garda


ERRIS FISHERMAN Pat O’Donnell has pledged to continue his opposition to the Corrib gas project on health, safety and environmental grounds, following his release from prison at the weekend.

Mayor of Roscommon Cllr Luke “Ming” Flanagan sent a message of support to Mr O’Donnell during a rally held by Shell to Sea supporters in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, to mark the fisherman’s release on Saturday morning.

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