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Corrib Gas: Was it worth it? Yes.

Corrib Gas: Was it worth it? Yes. Brendan Cafferty: 27 JAN 2016 As the gas starts to flow a member of the pro gas lobby reflects on the controversy Who is to blame for the delay? The gas was due ashore in 2002 at a cost of €800 million. It finally arrives at the start […]

Corrib gas a ‘template’ for ‘how not to undertake a development’

Lorna Siggins: 26 JAN 2016 The Corrib gas project is a template for “how not to undertake a development”, according to a new planning approach published by the British Institution of Civil Engineers. Although the gas project has secured its final Government approval from Minister for Energy Alex White, the prospect of further legal challenges […]

20 years after gas discovery, Corrib opens in north Mayo

Lorna Siggins: 24 JAN 2016 The €3.5 billion Corrib gas development is due to be opened by Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh on Monday, almost 20 years after the gas discovery was reported off the north Mayo coast. Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been earmarked for the invitation-only event, but will be at […]

Ruairí McKiernan: Corrib gas protesters did State some service

…many of those involved have been ridiculed, slandered, spied on, harassed, beaten and jailed – all for upholding their democratic right to peaceful dissent. Incidents included the 2005 jailing of the Rossport Five, who spent 94 days in prison at the behest of Shell. Ruairí McKiernan As gas is flared into the skies above north […]

EPA investigating gas flaring levels at Corrib gas project

Shell acknowledged that the flaring was “exceptional” on December 31st, and has promised to “take all measures” to minimise further occurrences… Lorna Siggins: Mon 4 Jan 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is investigating the intense flaring of gas at the Corrib gas plant which alarmed north Mayo residents on New Year’s Eve. […]

Gas flaring at Corrib plant ‘frightening’, says resident

Lorna Siggins: Friday 1st January 2016 Residents living close to the Corrib gas plant in north Mayo have expressed alarm over the intensity of gas flaring during New Year’s Eve. Shell E&P Ireland acknowledged on Friday evening that the flaring level was “exceptional”. “As the start up process continues, there may be further intermittent flaring […]

Natural gas begins flowing from controversial Corrib field

Peter Murtagh: 30 Dec 2015 Natural gas is flowing into the national supply grid from the Corrib gas field off Co Mayo for the first time since it was discovered in 1996. One of six wellheads, drilled in 350m of water 84km off the west coast, was opened on Wednesday by the field developer, Shell […]

Shell granted permission for Corrib gas project

Tue, Dec 29, 2015 Minister for Energy Alex White has given final approval for the Corrib gas project, almost 20 years after the discovery of the gas field off the Mayo coastline. Mr White has issued Shell E&P Ireland with consent to operate the Corrib natural gas pipeline, linking the subsea gas facilities 83km offshore […]

Concern over Shell gas flow delay

Concern over Shell gas flow delay Saturday, 26th December, 2015 A MAYO TD has expressed concern over the delay in issuing the final regulatory approval to Shell E&P Ireland that will enable the company to start producing gas from the Corrib Gas Field in north Mayo. Deputy Michelle Mulherin said it is the interest of […]

Is it worth it for Shell and BG to do a deal?

Fiona Walsh: 16 Dec 2015 When Royal Dutch Shell launched its blockbuster £47 billion (€65 billion) bid for BG, oil was changing hands on energy markets at about $60 a barrel and the price was forecast to rise to $70. Nine months later benchmark Brent crude has slid to a seven-year low below $40 a […]

Shell granted licence by EPA for Mayo gas refinery

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 Shell has been granted an industrial emissions licence by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its gas refinery at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo. The licence is one of the last consents required by the Corrib gas developers. The licence allows for “operation of a gas refinery” and “combustion of fuels”. It was […]

OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to Irish Police, Irish Times and Shell on 28 August 2015

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Date: 28 August 2015 08:10:45 BST To: Pearse_Street_DS <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], Commissioner <[email protected]>, “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>, [email protected] Subject: Corrib CEO ..a Shell man …the day the nightmare began …top cop Gannon. The Shell CEO appointed to Corrib, accompanied by his Local liaison officer unannounced arrived in the premises of […]

Shell urges ‘prompt processing’ of Corrib pipeline application

Lorna Siggins: Thu, Aug 27, 2015 Shell E&P Ireland has urged the Department of Energy to ensure “prompt processing” of its application to operate the Corrib gas pipeline, as it says that “all of the elements of the Corrib gas field are in an advanced state of readiness”. The company has submitted an application to […]

HSA refers Corrib tunnel death investigation to DPP

Lorna Siggins: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 Health and Safety Authority has referred the findings of its investigation into the death of a German national in the Corrib gas tunnel almost two years ago to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The authority confirmed to The Irish Times yesterday that it has completed its investigation into […]

Trial shown footage of protesters at Shell compound

Footage appeared to show some protesters and security officers involved in scuffles The jury in the trial of two Shell protesters were shown video footage of the protest where up to 70 protesters entered a Shell compound in north Mayo. The video footage was captured by CCTV at the compound and by security officers policing […]

IRISH SHELL CORRUPTION COVER-UP CONTINUES

As can be seen from the Irish Times article printed below, an Irish Shell manager was cross-examined under oath yesterday in court, about the free Shell alcohol used to reward Irish cops for their services (brutalising protesters)  By John Donovan The Irish Police (the Garda) are currently investigating allegations of harassment by recipients of bribes […]

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence Lorna Siggins: Friday, 3 July 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has turned down requests for an oral hearing into a revised licence sought by Shell E&P Ireland for the Corrib gas project in north Mayo. The revised licence covering atmospheric and marine emissions […]

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo Major infrastructure that is years behind schedule and massively over budget Wednesday, 1 July 2015 The Corrib Gas project represents a cautionary example of how large industrial developments should not be handled by governments or multinational companies. A lack of consultation and sensitivity […]

Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

PHOTO CAPTION FROM RECENT IRISH TIMES ARTICLE: Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Printed below is a […]

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax The €2.4 billion cost overrun is largely as a consequence of opposition to the project, which was stimulated in part by poor management of it at its outset. Peter Murtagh: Tuesday 30 June 2015 The huge cost overrun on Corrib gas, the single most expensive […]

Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction

Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction Peter Murtagh: Monday, 29 June 2015 The mechanics of extracting gas from the Corrib field appear simple enough. It is only when one gets into the detail of the engineering that the complexities emerge. This is an environment in which a relatively small number […]

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved A rerouting of the pipeline and greater public awareness of how Ireland treats its natural resources were among the positive outcomes of the Shell to Sea, campaigners say Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed […]

The Shell Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died

The Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died As the gas is about to be brought onshore, Peter Murtagh takes a tour of the Corrib gas plant and speaks to people affected by its arrival. SAT, Jun 27, 2015 Gas is expected to come later this year to the Shell terminal in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, […]

Shell’s objection takes issue with aspects of nine conditions attached to the revised licence which the EPA is likely to grant. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Lorna Siggins: 13 May 12015 Shell E&P Ireland is author of one of eight objections submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a revised emissions licence for the Corrib gas project. […]

Mayo men sue gardaí over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest

Article from BreakingNews.ie published Wed 29 April 2015 Mayo men sue Irish Cops over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest *(were the cops tipsy?) Three Mayo men are suing for damages over alleged garda brutality at a Shell to Sea protest eight years ago. Patrick Coyle, and brothers Patrick and Martin O’Donnell, claim they were […]

Shell gig invite turned down by The Saw Doctors

Article by Lorna Siggins published by the Irish Times Friday 6 March 2015 Shell gig invite turned down by The Saw Doctors Folk rock band The Saw Doctors has turned down an invitation from Shell E&P Ireland to play at a gig in north Mayo this month celebrating the competion of the Corrib gas terminal. […]

Shell Corrib Gas Field testing being carried out illegally?

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 […]

Corrib Gas Project: Vermilion’s shameful tax avoidance deal

In order to facilitate intra-group financing, Vermilion was setting up a Hungarian company that would have a branch in Luxembourg, with an office, a desk, a telephone, fax number and one employee on its payroll. News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea November 7th , 2014 – For immediate release — Corporation tax is […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com News Roundup: 18 August 2014

THE CORRUPT SULTAN OF BRUNEI – RECIPIENT OF SHELL WEDDING GIFT BRIBERY Firstbiz. has published an article setting out 5 things it says you should know about the Sultan. See “Meet Sultan of Brunei, the man willing to shell out more than $2 bn for Sahara’s hotels” Extract: “Ironically, the Sultan’s Beverly Hills Hotel and […]

Shell’s unwelcome sponsorship of the arts

By John Donovan Earlier this year campaigners and climate activists applauded the end of the Shell Classic International series at the South Bank Centre in London.  SEE: Campaigners celebrate end of Shell’s Southbank sponsorship Protestors, including from the Shell OUT SOUNDS organisation and PlatformLondon.org strongly objected to what has been aptly described as “oil-branded concerts.” All take particular […]

Shell connection?: Garda laptop found in a Dutch brothel

By John Donovan The Irish Independent newspaper has published an article reporting that a worker at a Dutch brothel discovered a bag apparently containing “a laptop and documents as well as an “insignia” that allegedly identified the owner as being a member of An Garda Siochana”  – the Irish Police force.  I note that comments have […]

Top criminologist calls for inquiry into Corrib policing

Extract from a Lorna Siggins article published by the Irish Times Friday 11 July 2014 The Queen’s University Belfast academic who exposed the South Yorkshire police handling of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster has supported calls for a full review of the policing of the Corrib gas project in north Mayo. Criminologist Prof Phil […]

Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations

By John Donovan The Irish Times has published an article under the headline “Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations.” Extracts The Government has decided to hire seven barristers to examine as many as 220 outstanding allegations of Garda misconduct received from members of the public in light of the whistleblowers affair. The move came as […]

Joint call for inquiry into Corrib policing

Extracts from an Irish Times article by Lorna Siggins published 20 June 2014 Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute. Transparency International chief executive John […]

Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project

Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project by the named eminent individuals and parties listed below We support the recent demands for an inquiry into allegations of systemic Garda corruption and violence. We believe any such inquiry should include the Shell/Corrib pipeline police operation in North West Mayo. This […]

€1.5bn to be spent on Irish oil and gas finds in next three years

Extract from an Irish Times article by Ciaran Hancock published Mon 16 June 2014 About €1.5 billion will be spent on oil and gas exploration around Ireland over the next three years, according to a study by accounting group PwC. Eighty per cent of those surveyed said they were optimistic about the chances of discovering […]

Garda concerns at whistleblower plan

Some allegations against the Garda, including from whistlerblower company OSSL, have arisen from the Shell led Corrib Gas Project Extracts from an RTE News article published Friday 16 May 2014 under the headline: “AGSI admits concerns at whistleblower plan“ The President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has said it is concerned by the decision […]

Convulsions in Irish Justice Dept and Policing

The creators of the mould-breaking TV comedy Seinfeld adopted two rules: no hugging, no learning. We need to apply those rules to our current episode of the dark farce of Irish “reform”. Of course, the details should be properly investigated but on the larger scale, there is nothing new to be learned here. The new […]

Reputation of Irish Justice Dept and Police in Catastrophic Meltdown 

By John Donovan Most visitors to this website are probably fed-up with our coverage of events in Ireland stemming from allegations made against Shell and the Garda by a whistleblower company – OSSL – that worked as a Mr Fixit for Shell. However, remarkable related events continue to unfold.  OSSL says that it purchased and […]

Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter resigns

By John Donovan The Irish Times has tonight reported the sudden resignation of Alan Shatter, the Irish Minister of Justice with whom I have corresponded in relation to OSSL allegations concerning Shell sponsored corruption involving hundreds of  Garda officers, including senior officers such as Supt Joe Gannon. The findings of an investigation – the third […]

Shell to Sea goes to UN over policing of gas dispute

Extracts from an Irish Times article by Lorna Siggins published 30 April 2014 Shell to Sea has appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to raise the issue of policing the Corrib gas dispute with the Government. The Mayo-based environmental group says it has made the submission to the UNHCR’s office, following […]

Archbishop Tutu calls for independent inquiry into policing of Corrib gas project

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary general Denis Halliday have called for an “urgent and comprehensive” independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project. Article by Lorna Siggins published 29 March 2014 by The Irish Times South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary general […]

Journalism ‘infected by corporate public relations’

As can be confirmed from the video recording, Shell was a prime target of the comment by Ed Vulliamy about journalism being infected by corporate public relations. This was in relation to the allegations made by former Shell “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL, that Shell had corrupted the Irish Police Force by giving away free alcohol […]

Irish oil/gas exploration debate

Extracts from an article by Mark Paul published by The Irish Times on 14 March 2014 under the headline: “One More Thing: Industry lobbyists plan to strike back at the slick campaign of Own Our Oil” They’re getting very strident on both sides of the oil/gas exploration debate as the review of licensing and fiscal […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project Developments

Extracts from an article by Mary Carolan published on 11 March 2014 by The Irish Times under the headline: “Judge fast-tracks hearing of Corrib gas challenge” A High Court judge yesterday granted an application from Shell E&P Ireland to fast- track the hearing of the latest legal action against the Corrib project and fixed a […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor Shell starts commercial US output of new motor oil made from … Hydrocarbon Processing-21 hours ago Shell refers to its novel motor oil process as PurePlus technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into a clear base oil, which is … Back in oil shale Grand Junction Sentinel-10 hours ago Shell, Chevron […]

Garda Corruption Allegations

Extracts from articles published by The Irish Times 24 February 2014 Claims on Garda corruption first made in 2008 Allegations investigated at the time by GSOC and the Gard. The Irish Times understands that some of the allegations first raised by Sgt McCabe in May 2008 are contained in a dossier compiled by Fianna Fáil […]

Shell defends handling of evacuation from Corrib gas tunnel

Shell E&P Ireland has defended its contractors’ handling of an emergency evacuation last week from the Corrib gas tunnel which is under construction in north Mayo. A section of the Corrib gas line: Shell E & P said tunnelling work on the last section of the Corrib gas pipeline was immediately suspended, as is “normal […]

Corrib gas project sees costs spiral

Gas was originally expected to flow from the field in 2003 resulting in the project likely to be 12 years behind the original schedule and the outlay will be more than four times the initial estimate of €800 million. The company driving the project, Shell E&P Ireland Ltd (SEPIL) confirmed yesterday that the Corrib Gas […]

111 complaints made against gardai in 2007/8 about Shell Corrib gas

The sharp exchanges developed during justice question time in the Dáil when Mr Wallace raised the general practices, policies and procedures of the Garda in relation to Corrib gas. Mr Wallace said: “It is within the remit of the Minister to check that tendency and to hold the Garda to account. Sadly, his track record […]

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