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Blundering Shell E&P Ireland Director John Egan Resigns

By John Donovan I am aware of speculation over the claimed resignation of John Egan, as a director of Shell E&P Ireland. It is, in fact, true. The proof is provided below. For a number of years, Egan has been the Communications supremo at Shell E&P Ireland, the main partner in the Corrib Gas Project, which has […]

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. […]

Corrib Gas Controversy: Minister White’s Christmas Message to the People of Mayo & the High Court

Gives High Court the two-fingered salute. Uses Christmas to sign off on Corrib gas despite pending judicial review of EPA licence. 31 Dec 2015 In an extraordinary, near clandestine decision in the middle of the Christmas holiday period, Alex White signed off on the final consent needed by Shell to operate the Corrib gas refinery […]

Shell Opens Natural Gas Wells Off Irish Coast

A wall of steel protects the workers at the entrance to the Corrib gas terminal site, which opened on Wednesday in Bellanaboy Bridge, Ireland. Credit Paul McErlane/Bloomberg News By STANLEY REED: DEC. 30, 2015 LONDON — Two decades after being discovered, natural gas began flowing on Wednesday from wells off Ireland’s northwest coast. Royal Dutch Shell, […]

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 […]

Desperate measures for a desperate Corrib project

New Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – December 30th 2015 – For immediate release —  Minister White slips consent to Shell during Christmas period — Shell to Sea have called the granting by Alex White of consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline – desperate and disgraceful. Permission was granted despite Shell’s EPA […]

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 […]

Shell To Sea JR Legal Fund

Four local residents have initiated a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision granting Shell E&P Ireland an INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS LICENCE P0738-03 for the Corrib gas refinery in Co Mayo. THIS IS THE FINAL DECISION TO PUMP THE GAS In proceedings before the High Court, four residents argue THAT the decision to grant the […]

Corrib gas project spend to top €3.6bn as Shell await Government approval

The costs of the Corrib gas project are set to top €3.6bn by the end of this year, more than four times the original estimate of €800m. Gordon Deegan: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Yesterday, operator Shell E&P Ltd confirmed that the 2015 spend by the Corrib partners on the field will be €260m. Some €320m […]

Controversial Corrib gas will flow within weeks

The projected spend of €250m on the controversial project this year will lead to the overall costs exceeding €3.6bn. This is more than four times the original estimate of €800m for the project, which is 12 years behind its original projected completion time of 2003. Áine Ryan: TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2015 Penultimate permission granted by EPA ALMOST […]

Petition to Sign – Minister White: Don’t reward Shell abuses in Ireland

Dear John, Interesting to read the two recent articles about Shell/Corrib on your site – Shell’s arrogance, plus their presumption of statutory and ministerial subservient compliance still reign supreme! Shell could at least have made a cursory acknowledgement of a person’s right to recourse to law by way of Judicial Review of the two presumed […]

Shell seeks permission to operate Corrib gas pipeline

by Joe Leogue: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Shell Ireland has officially applied to the Government for permission to operate the controversial pipeline from the Corrib gas field off the coast of Mayo. The application is the first to be made under the Gas Act since the completion of its construction. The pipeline is a joint […]

Shell asked for £25,000 worth of alcohol to be delivered to gardaí in Mayo, court told

The detailed claims were made in a Mayo court last week. TWO FORMER SUPPLIERS to the Corrib gas project told a jury they supplied £25,000-worth of alcohol to gardaí in 2007 on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland. The allegations were made by Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney, co-owners of OSSL, which had previously supplied personal […]

Men tell court they supplied alcohol to Belmullet Gardaí for Shell

EXTRACTS Under oath, Mr Neil Rooney claimed that the first delivery of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station was made in 2005, and that in 2007, he was asked by Conor Byrne, a Senior Pipeline Engineer with Shell, to make a large delivery. Mr Rooney, from Downpatrick, Co Down, said he went to the north and […]

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 […]

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. […]

IRELAND: 1100 People Call on EPA not to Grant Shell Emissions Licence

News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – May 11th, 2015 – For immediate release Last week 1100 people signed a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject Shell’s application for an Industrial Emissions Licence for the Shell/Corrib Gas refinery at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo. They have also called for an oral […]

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 CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL

Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN CIRCULATED TO EVERY IRISH T.D. ON 6 APRIL 2015 Response from The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission on 2 April 2015 SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL (£30,000 worth of free alcohol given as a Christmas Gift to Garda […]

Corrib Gas still set to flow this year, says Shell spokesperson

Shell E&P Ireland says it is still on schedule to have gas flowing from the Corrib Gas Field within the next six months. An 800 metre section of a water discharge pipe, which will carry treated surface water from the terminal at Bellanaboy in north Mayo 12 kilometres out to sea once the plant is […]

Shell led Corrib Gas Pipeline Project comes unstuck

Article by Norma Costello published 23 March 2015 by vice.com under the headline: A Massive Pipe Came Loose in an Atlantic Gas Field and Irish Environmentalists Are Not Happy The Corib Gas pipeline project by the Western Irish fishing village of Rossport, County Mayo, has always been a source of controversy. It was established amid […]

OSSL BLACKMAIL PLOT AGAINST SHELL

To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police […]

Corrib Gas Project: Blackmail & Corruption?

JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL CIRCULATED 4/5 NOVEMBER 2014 TO EVERY IRISH TD MEMBER OF THE IRISH PARLIAMENT. This information is being supplied to you despite written threats I have received from Mr Marc Fitzgibbon, a senior partner of Dublin law firm, Lavelle. Mr Fitzgibbon represents OSS, the small “Mr Fixit” company which has distributed “sweeteners” (bribes) […]

OSSL Blackmail Plot Against Shell?

By John Donovan Since 22 October 2014 I have been updating an article posing the question: “Shell being blackmailed?” Top people at Royal Dutch Shell  have all spoken directly to a director of a former Shell “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, which has bombarded Shell with money demands to settle a dispute that Shell […]

Shell 15 page confidential statement about OSSL allegations

By John Donovan I have provided a link to a 15 page document dated 3 October 2014, which Shell supplied to OSSL, the Irish company that has made serious allegations against Shell. The information in the document may be of interest to some readers who have followed the long running saga and likewise newspapers and […]

The truth about OSSL allegations

 By John Donovan OSSL, the former Mr Fixit company for Shell EP Ireland, distributed sweeteners (bribes) on behalf of Shell to various parties to ease the tortuously slow progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project. The lucky recipients included a senior Irish Police Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan ([email protected]) OSSL has now supplied me with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Changes to Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas

News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea June 18th , 2014 – For immediate release CHANGES TO OIL/GAS LICENSING TERMS ‘COSMETIC’ State continues to rely primarily on corporation tax to extract revenue The changes to Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas announced by Pat Rabbitte today (18th June 2014) are cosmetic and will […]

Clare Daly says gardaí at Corrib gas site are the ‘hired hands’ of Shell

Extract from an article by thejournal.ie published 17 June 2014 INDEPENDENT TD CLARE DALY has backed the calls of Shell to Sea campaigners for an independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Daly said that the “continued intimidation and harassment of the local community” […]

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 Ombudsman Investigation of Shell Corruption allegations in disarray

By John Donovan  The investigation of allegations made by a Shell whistleblower company OSSL, of alleged Shell sponsored corruption of the Irish police, appears to be in a shambles following ill-judged on-the-record comments by the officer leading the inquiry, Johan Groenewald. The relevant extraordinary email correspondence with me can be viewed here. In the exchanges, […]

‘Shell can celebrate all they want, but the fight is by no means over’

Extracts from an article published 23 May 2014 by the journal.ie THE COMPLETION OF the longest tunnel in Ireland is being celebrated by Shell Ireland – but the works have not been without disruption or tragedy. The construction of the 4.9 kilometre-long tunnel has been mired in controversy over the years with many residents and activists […]

GAS from the controversial Corrib field should begin flowing next year

Shell’s Irish and German tunnelling team celebrate the completion of 4.9km long Corrib Gas Pipeline Tunnel yesterday. Extracts from an independent.ie article by Paul Melia published 23 May 2014 under the headline: Gas will flow next year after Fionnuala finds light at end of tunnel GAS from the controversial Corrib field should begin flowing from next […]

Corrib Corruption Scandal on the Agenda at Royal Dutch Shell AGM

The Corrib corruption scandal and cover-up will  be raised at the Shell AGM on Tuesday. I can state on good authority that Shell lawyers have already prepared a script for Ben van Beurden to use for evasion purposes when confronted by OSSL directors. It mentions waiting for the outcome of the investigation by the Irish […]

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 […]

Shell to Sea calls for whistleblowers to ‘expose malpractice and corruption’ at gas project

Extracts from an article published 15 May 2014 by the journal.ie THE SHELL TO Sea campaign has made fresh calls this morning for whistleblowers in to come forward to “expose malpractice and corruption” in the Shell gas project in Corrib, Co Mayo. Shell to Sea’s Terence Conway said the group is asking whistleblowers from within […]

Institutional corruption in the Gardaí

Shell to Sea notes the resignation of Alan Shatter and his replacement by Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice as a long overdue development. Terence Conway, Shell to Sea spokesperson, says “Alan Shatter showed contempt for everybody who raised issues of wrongdoing in an Garda Siochána and it was clear he never had any intention […]

‘Atlantic’ documentary film from award winning makers of ‘The Pipe’

By John Donovan ‘Atlantic’ is the latest documentary film planned by the makers of the award winning documentary ‘The Pipe,’ which focused on the controversy surrounding the Shell led Corrib Gas pipeline project in Ireland. ‘Atlantic’ will be directed by Risteard O Domhnaill, who won international acclaim for directing ‘The Pipe.’ The new film will […]

Irish Justice Minister confronted over Shell Corrib Alcohol Bribery Scandal

Justice Minister Alan Shatter was confronted days ago in the Irish Parliament over the Shell Corrib Alcohol Bribery Scandal. Clare Daly TD pointed out to him during a heated debate, that the Garda has already carried out two internal investigations into the allegations that OSSL distributed alcohol to Garda Cops on the orders of Shell. […]

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