A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field, 80kms off Co Mayo. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd
By John Donovan
Last Wednesday The Irish Times reported that Shell E&P Ireland has begun two months of testing at its north Mayo onshore refinery in preparation for next year’s scheduled production from the Corrib gas field.
I understand from a usually well informed source that the testing is being carried out without an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licence.
According to my source, the licence expired on 14 November 2014.
Irish Citizens please take note: I further understand that there is provision under the Irish Environmental Protection Agency rules for any citizen to seek a High Court order where an activity is being carried out in contravention of licensing requirements.
Shell may have once again forgotten that the Corrib gas project is in Ireland, not Nigeria.