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Corrib Corruption Scandal on the Agenda at Royal Dutch Shell AGM

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Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 00.03.05The 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 Police Ombudsman. Van Beurden can either continue with the cover-up tactics, or pick up the phone and ask Michael Crothers or Brian Foley to tell him the truth. Although unpalatable, it will emerge sooner or later. 

By John Donovan

REPLY TO POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY LONDONLAD

LondonLad, no doubt by accident, you have misconstrued what OSSL stated. They never said that the allegation was first made 5 years ago. Please read it again. It is not an important point, but if something inaccurate is stated in print, then it is best to correct any such mistake immediately.

The first I heard about any of the relevant allegations was on 10 Sept 2012 when a long detailed email from OSSL to Brian Foley, the Contracts Manager for the highly controversail Corrib Gas Project, was forwarded to me without explanation.

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Garda concerns at whistleblower plan

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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 to assign the role of receiving confidential information from garda whistleblowers to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. The decision was made by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald yesterday.

Tim Galvin said people would be very nervous about going to GSOC and then whatever issues they might have would not come out into the open. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Galvin also said he believed more garda whistleblowers would come forward. He said: “If we have skeletons in the cupboard, let’s bring them out. Get them out into the open.

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

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Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 13.51.56Extracts 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 the ranks of An Garda Síochána, Shell, Shell contractors and any State agency involved in facilitation the project to come forward.

One former Shell subcontractor alleged last year that it was tasked with providing local residents with items like tennis courts and television sets on behalf of Shell to keep them on side. The company also claimed it had delivered €35,000 worth of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station in December 2007. The Garda Ombudsman is now investigating these allegations.

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Institutional corruption in the Gardaí

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 14.50.09Shell 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 of dealing with institutional corruption in the Gardaí. We ask that his successor takes immediate action to deal with the blatant abuses of power that, unfortunately, are rampant within the force.”

News Release – Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea
May 8th , 2014 – For immediate release

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 of dealing with institutional corruption in the Gardaí. We ask that his successor takes immediate action to deal with the blatant abuses of power that, unfortunately, are rampant within the force.”

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

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 15.40.29By 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 follow the fortunes of three fishing communities united and divided by the Atlantic ocean, as they struggle to maintain their way of life despite mounting challenges within their own industry and environment, and an increase of oil exploration activities in their fishing grounds.

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Irish Justice Minister confronted over Shell Corrib Alcohol Bribery Scandal

The Garda Ombudsman investigation of police corruption allegations by Shell's "Mr Fixit" contractor OSSL is still in progress.

The Garda Ombudsman investigation of police corruption allegations by Shell’s “Mr Fixit” contractor OSSL is still in progress.

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. Clare Daly also said that the only reason that the Garda Ombudsman is currently investigating the matter is because of an external intervention by an English journalist. (A reference to Ed Vulliamy, senior correspondent of the Guardian and Sunday Observer.)

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Shell to Sea goes to UN over policing of gas dispute

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 23.41.46Extracts 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 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s confirmation in the Dáil that he did “not see a necessity” for an independent inquiry into policing in North Mayo. UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya had recommended that the Government should “investigate all allegations and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib gas dispute in a prompt and impartial manner”.

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Controversial Corrib field to pump gas by next year

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Extracts from an article by Sarah McCabe published 10 April 2014 by the Irish Independent

The development of the field off the north-west coast has been plagued by setbacks, which have delayed it for more than 13 years. Construction of a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay, a special conversation area, is also progressing, new company documents show. Development of the tunnel was suspended last year after 26-year-old German hydraulics specialist Lars Wagner was tragically killed, following fatal head injuries sustained while working on it. Mayo natural gas find Corrib was first discovered in 1996. It was originally expected that gas would start flowing from it by 2003, meaning the project is now some 13 years behind the original schedule. Reports suggest the cost of developing it has come in around four times as much as original estimates, reaching €3bn.

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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.

The Garda Ombudsman investigation of police corruption allegations by Shell's "Mr Fixit" contractor OSSL is still in progress.

The Garda Ombudsman investigation of police corruption allegations by Shell’s “Mr Fixit” contractor OSSL is still in progress.

Article by Lorna Siggins published 29 March 2014 by The Irish Times

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.

They are among a group of signatories supporting the call by peace and justice group Afri, while the Front Line Defenders human rights organisation also said policing of the Corrib gas dispute should be included in “any Government inquiry” into Garda accountability.

“Front Line Defenders believes that any inquiry should have broad terms of reference that should include reviewing the policing of the Corrib gas dispute,” its deputy director Andrew Anderson said.

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Shattering weekend for Alan Shatter, Irish Justice Minister

In the past few days, there have calls for the resignation of the Irish Justice Minister, Mr. Alan Shatter, who dealt with the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell EP Ireland raised in the Irish Parliament on my behalf and engaged in correspondence with me on the subject. I reached the conclusion that he was incompetent and useless. Many Irish people might even think that he has been part of an establishment cover-up.

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By John Donovan

Chaos reigns in Ireland, with a scandal engulfing the Irish government, the Irish Police (the Garda), The Police Commissioner and the Irish Police Ombudsman –  the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). This follows news relating to police whistleblowers and the discovery that an unknown party apparently bugged the offices of the Police Ombudsman offices.

A retired judge has been appointed to conduct an inquiry to establish the facts about the controversy.

In the past few days there have calls for the resignation of the Irish Justice Minister, Mr. Alan Shatter, who dealt with the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell EP Ireland raised in the Irish Parliament on my behalf and engaged in correspondence with me on the subject. I reached the conclusion that he was incompetent and useless. Many Irish people might even think that he has been part of an establishment cover-up.

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Former Shell exec has no problem with Shell bribing Irish police?

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Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 16.30.10From his recently posted comments, it seems that LondonLad has no problem with Shell drowning the Irish police force (the Garda) in free Christmas booze, despite allegations that they are “Shell’s Cops” and have allegedly acted accordingly when dealing with protestors. Perhaps he thinks that if corruption is okay for Shell in Nigeria, then its equally good for Shell in Ireland.

By John Donovan

For several years a retired former senior Royal Dutch Shell executive with service in the USA and Nigeria has been posting comments on our “Shell Blog” originally using the alias Musaint and more recently, LondonLad.

My assumption that they are one and the same is an educated guess.

Mainly, but not always, he is a supporter of Shell.

I corresponded directly with this retired senior Shell executive when he was in Musaint mode. All very convivial. Less so when debating issues on this website.

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Irish oil/gas exploration debate

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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 terms ordered by Minister Pat Rabbitte gets under way. Eddie Hobbs and his media-savvy Own Our Oil (Ooo) group, derived from the campaign to stop drilling off the coast of delicious Dalkey, have come tearing out of the traps with their new book calling for the State to seek a much greater share of the spoils from any future finds off the Irish coast. Ooo, which is a bit like the Shell to Sea campaign in a three-piece suit, has been particularly pointed in its criticisms of the pro-industry brigade.

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Irish Police Ombudsman Office Bugged by Irish Police?

By John Donovan

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 16.11.57Printed below are extracts from a BBC News article published today about allegations that an unknown party has been bugging the Irish Police Ombudsman offices. One intriguing  suggestion is that it was done by the Irish Police Force. There is also a suggestion of a French connection. Or it could be a Royal Dutch operation, bearing in mind that Shell is intently interested in an on-going investigation by the Ombudsman Commission of allegations Shell has corrupted the Irish Police Force. Shell has a long track record of using corporate espionage to gather intelligence. The Corrib Gas Project is already delayed by several years and is billions over budget. Some “Shell to Sea” activists have demanded that the original deal with Shell, agreed with corrupt Irish politicians, should be renegotiated. So there is a lot at stake. 

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Campaign to Replace Irish Police Ombudsman

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 00.40.57Despite the Corrib Gas dispute being the single largest source of Garda complaints that GSOC have had to deal with, no Garda has ever been held to account for their law-breaking and abuse of powers. In March 2013 the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya, called on the Irish Government to “Investigate all allegation and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute in a prompt and impartial manner”. 

Shell to Sea repeats call to dissolve GSOC and to establish a proper oversight body

News release – Issued by Shell to Sea – Tuesday 18th February 2014

Shell to Sea has today repeated calls that it has made previously, that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) be dissolved so that a new functioning Garda oversight body can be established. Shell to Sea believe that it is impossible for GSOC to operate as a functioning Garda oversight body due to the flawed nature of its founding legislation. Former GSOC Commissioner Conor Brady has stated that he too believes the Garda Síochána Act 2005 “was fundamentally flawed”. [1]

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Garda rotten from the top down

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GARDA OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATION OF POLICE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SHELL IS STILL IN PROGRESS

Terence Conway stated “It was good to finally meet a Garda who is trying to deal with the corruption within An Garda Siochana.  Unfortunately senior Garda management are content with corruption within the force”. Speaking at the protest Maura Harrington stated that policing in the country is “rotten from the top down”.

News release – Issued by Shell to Sea – Monday 16th December 2013

A group from Shell to Sea – Erris travelled to Limerick on Friday 13th December to attend a Justice 4 All protest outside Henry Street police station.  This was a follow-on from the recent Peoples’ Forum – “Who Polices the Police?”, which was addressed among others by Mick Wallace TD and Clare Daly TD [1].

John Wilson, one of the two garda whistle blowers, who raised the penalty points scandal addressed the protest and castigated both the Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter saying that the force, as found by the Smithwick tribunal, still places loyalty above honesty [2].

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Over €16 million spent on policing protests against Corrib gas pipeline

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 13.49.26Justice Minister Alan Shatter informed the Dáil yesterday that the total cost of policing at the site of the Corrib gas pipeline has now reached “in excess of €16 million” not including the cost of basic salaries of garda members deployed to the area. Shatter also said that the recent allegations that gardaí were supplied with a large quantity of alcohol by a company working for Shell are being investigated by the Garda Ombudsman and it would not be appropriate for him to comment further.

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The figure, not including the salaries of gardaí at the protests in North Mayo, was disclosed by Alan Shatter in the Dáil yesterday.

Wednesday 11 December, 2013

OVER €1.5 MILLION has been spent policing protests at the controversial Shell refinery project in north Mayo since February 2012, it has emerged.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter informed the Dáil yesterday that the total cost of policing at the site of the Corrib gas pipeline has now reached “in excess of €16 million” not including the cost of basic salaries of garda members deployed to the area.

Campaigners from the Shell to Sea organisation have been protesting against the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline for the past seven years.

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Garda watchdog to investigate Corrib booze claims

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 00.03.05THE garda watchdog is expected to reveal today (Tuesday) that it will open an investigation into allegations by a former Corrib gas contractor who claims he supplied a large quantity of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station before Christmas 2007. This follows GSOC’s (Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission) receipt of the findings of an investigation into the matter, led by a senior Mayo Garda, Superintendent Thomas Murphy.

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Áine Ryan: Tuesday, 22 October 2013 13:00

Senior garda has sent his report to GSOC

THE garda watchdog is expected to reveal today (Tuesday) that it will open an investigation into allegations by a former Corrib gas contractor who claims he supplied a large quantity of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station before Christmas 2007. This follows GSOC’s (Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission) receipt of the findings of an investigation into the matter, led by a senior Mayo Garda, Superintendent Thomas Murphy.

A GSOC spokesman said yesterday it was ‘considering the content of that material’ while the Garda Press Office confirmed the examination has been completed and ‘all details passed on’ to the garda watchdog.

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EPA confirms Shell can still use original Corrib emissions licence

The Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that Shell E&P Ireland can fall back on the original emissions licence for the Corrib gas refinery, following this week’s quashing of a modified version of the permit in the Commercial Court.

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A section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lorna Siggins: Friday, October 18, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that Shell E&P Ireland can fall back on the original emissions licence for the Corrib gas refinery, following this week’s quashing of a modified version of the permit in the Commercial Court.

The original licence was secured in late 2007 before new legislation on environmental impact assessments (EIA) was introduced, and expires in late 2014.

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Setback for the Shell Corrib gas pipeline

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Another setback for the Shell Corrib gas pipeline

Mayo Advertiser, October 18, 2013.

The Commercial Court on Tuesday granted an order quashing a revised licence which was issued for the Shell gas terminal in north Mayo.

The refinery site at Ballinaboy was granted a revised licence by the Environmental Protection Agency last June to construct a gas terminal, however it is now accepted that that there were defects in relation to how an environmental impact assessment (EIA) concerning the terminal development was carried out.

The EPA conceded in court that Martin Harrington, Doohoma, Ballina, was entitled to that order due to defects in the how the EIA concerning the terminal development was carried out.

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Court ruling a setback for a project which has overrun on costs and time

Court ruling a setback for a project which has overrun on costs and time… at least nine years behind schedule… Work remains suspended on tunnelling this final section of pipeline…

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By Lorna Siggins: Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd (SEPIL) has played down the significance of yesterday’s Commercial Court decision quashing an emissions licence for the Corrib gas terminal, but the ruling is a setback for the €3 billion project.

Were the project not at least nine years behind schedule, the setback would be far more significant.

However, the lead developer has already conceded that it could be early 2015 before gas is flowing commercially from the field – and that was before last month’s (sept) fatality during work on the final stages, when a German sub-contractor, Lars Wagner (26), lost his life.

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Corrib tunnel works still suspended

OVER five weeks after the tragic death of a Corrib gas tunnel worker, operations still have not restarted on the sub-sea tunnel. Twenty-six-year-old German national Lars Wagner sustained fatal injuries early on the morning of Sunday, September 8, when a compressed air-pipe attached to the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) exploded.

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Áine Ryan: Tuesday, 15 October 2013 11:48

OVER five weeks after the tragic death of a Corrib gas tunnel worker, operations still have not restarted on the sub-sea tunnel. The work entails digging 1.8km under Sruwaddacon Bay in order to complete the last section of the controversial pipeline and connect it with the refinery at Bellanaboy.

Twenty-six-year-old German national Lars Wagner sustained fatal injuries early on the morning of Sunday, September 8, when a compressed air-pipe attached to the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) exploded. Mr Wagner was a mechanical fitter attached to the maintenance support crew for Herrnknecht, the German sub-contractor that built the TBM, christened ‘Fionnuala’ by Shell E&P.

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SHELL TO SEA TENDER FOR IRISH OIL & GAS REVIEW

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News release – Issued by Shell to Sea
Monday 14th October 2013

SHELL TO SEA TENDER FOR OIL & GAS REVIEW

Shell to Sea have today submitted a tender application to the Department of Energy in response to Minister Pat Rabbitte’s call for expert advice to review the generous oil and gas terms that are currently on offer to oil & gas companies.[1]

The Shell to Sea tender undertakes to “initiate the most thorough, far-reaching inquiry yet into the fiscal regime governing resource extraction in Ireland, taking all voices into consideration and evaluating all available data”.  Shell to Sea stated that it would build on the work that had been published in its in-depth 44 page report entitled Liquid Assets, in which the 69 publically known prospects and discoveries were analysed. This report showed that energy companies estimate the potential fields could contain 21 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

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Eight Shell to Sea protesters due in court

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 17.45.10We no longer believe we can have equality before the law until such time as an independent, international panel/commission has investigated the policing of the Shell/Corrib project with specific reference to policies, practices, procedures, bribery, corruption and collusion.

Eight Shell to Sea protesters due in court over public order offences

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Spokespeople Maura Harrington and Terence Conway, who said the “real criminals” were Shell and numerous gardaí, are among those due to appear.

11/09/13

EIGHT SHELL TO Sea campaigners are due to appear in Belmullet District Court today, charged in relation to a number of offences during protests against the Corrib Gas Project.

Both Shell to Sea spokespeople Maura Harrington and Terence Conway are among those due to appear in court, as well as Pobail Chill Chomain spokesperson John Monaghan.

Gerry Bourke, the farmer who has provided the field for the Rossport Solidarity Camp for the last two years, is also one of the eight.

The protesters are due in court over a range of public order offences with a number of them also charged with criminal damage.

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Irish review into oil and gas tax rates

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 18.48.35A report released by the Shell to Sea campaign, which has opposed the Corrib gas field off Mayo, last year claimed there are 69 prospects, discoveries and licensed areas off Ireland and that energy firms estimate the potential finds could hit 21 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

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24 September 2013

Independent advisers are being sought by the Government to assess if the right tax is being charged for the oil and gas industry.

A review of controversial reliefs for exploration companies will be included in the audit along with the level of other special fiscal arrangements for big energy firms.

Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, said he wants experts to review if the current terms for exploration, development and production are fit for purpose.

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SHELL’S BOOZE BRIGADE

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Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 13.51.56In the continuing absence of straightforward denials by Shell or the Garda, or any defamation proceedings brought by anyone from Shell or the Garda (numerous individuals have been named in relation to the scandal), it is unsurprising that public unease is growing day-by-day in Ireland, as is plain from material posted on YouTube and put on public display.

By John Donovan

Over a month has passed since The Observer published their whole page article by Ed Vulliamy:

Strange tale of Shell’s pipeline battle, the Gardaí and £30,000 of booze

Over a year has passed since we first published OSSL allegations on this website.

We also published an extensive related OSSL file in which OSSL mentioned the Shell sponsored free alcohol for the Garda in emails sent to high level Shell executives. Also in emails OSSL sent to senior Garda officers who had a hand in accepting the free booze generously supplied by Shell via OSSL as festive gifts in successive years.

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Eight Shell to Sea protesters due in court over public order offences

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 13.49.26I am before this Court today on charges under Sections 8&9 of the Public Order Act and Section 53 of the Road Traffic Act alleged on 01 August and 03 August 2012. I request that the court direct that a nolle prosequi be entered in this instance or, failing that, that the hearing of the allegations against me be deferred until such time as an independent, international panel/commission has issued a report on the policing of the Shell/Corrib project with specific reference to practices, policies, procedures, human rights, bribery, corruption and collusion.

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Spokespeople Maura Harrington and Terence Conway, who said the “real criminals” were Shell and numerous garda­, are among those due to appear.

EIGHT SHELL TO Sea campaigners are due to appear in Belmullet District Court today, charged in relation to a number of offences during protests against the Corrib Gas Project.

Both Shell to Sea spokespeople Maura Harrington and Terence Conway are among those due to appear in court, as well as Pobail Chill Chomain spokesperson John Monaghan.

Gerry Bourke, the farmer who has provided the field for the Rossport Solidarity Camp for the last two years, is also one of the eight.

The protesters are due in court over a range of public order offences with a number of them also charged with criminal damage.

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Police liquidity on Shell Corrib Gas project

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Hi, John

I am one of the Rossport 5.

I have followed the stream of detail on your web-site from OSSL in their exposé of gardai and much/many more. Thank you.
 
One very strange item  or dynamic , and not highlighted so far:-    OSSL have named many people and items that they delivered on behalf of Shell,  apart from the consignments of booze,  and the alleged recipients or gifters have in no case denied the veracity of the allegations. Of course it is more difficult to deny the matter when the goods are in existence – sheep pens, cattle crushers, TV sets, houses painted etc – than in the case of consumer items such as alcohol which have a habit of leaving no physical evidence. Surely on balance and objectively, it is not likely that OSSL people are truthful in all cases where physical remains exist and are then not truthful in the one case where physical evidence by its very nature is missing?. It seems to me that in a civil case the veracity of OSSL would have to be accepted.

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Garda Superintendent Thomas Murphy: A clean pair of hands?

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By John Donovan

The claimed latest development announced today about the Corrib Gas Project Corruption Scandal is that a Superintendent Thomas Murphy has been appointed to investigate. We reported on this development nearly a month ago and published an email he sent to OSSL on 9 July.

Supt Murphy presented himself “as an independent person to the ongoing issues in Co Mayo” with clean hands.

I can only guess that he did not receive a share of the free booze received from Shell by hundreds of his fellow County Mayo Garda police officers.

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Gardaí deny booze bribes

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Superintendent appointed to examine allegations

Áine Ryan

A SENIOR garda is examining serious allegations about Belmullet gardaí accepting boxes of booze from Shell before Christmas 2007, The Mayo News can exclusively reveal. The Garda Press Office confirmed last night that ‘a garda superintendent had been appointed to examine the matter’. It declined to confirm the identity of the garda, but The Mayo News understands it is Swinford Supt Thomas Murphy and that he was appointed a month ago, despite earlier protestations from An Garda Síochána that the matter had been investigated and there was nothing to report.

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Garda examining claims alcohol was delivered to Mayo station

ARTICLES BY LORNA SIGGINS ABOUT THE SHELL GARDA SCANDAL PUBLISHED TODAY AUG 13, BY THE IRISH TIMES

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Garda examining claims alcohol was delivered to Mayo station

Senior officer’s examination underway for over a month

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

An Garda Síochána has appointed a senior officer to examine claims a company contracted to Shell E&P Ireland delivered large quantities of alcohol to Belmullet Garda station in Mayo. The Garda Press Office confirmed to The Irish Times last night that “a superintendent has been appointed to examine the matter”.

It is understood Supt Thomas Murphy of Swinford Garda station has been instructed to contact the contractor, OSSL, in relation to a number of allegations against the force.

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SHELL CORRIB GAS PROJECT SCANDAL: THE FAKE INVOICE?

By John Donovan

The article published on Sunday in The Observer has created a firestorm of interest in Ireland with hundreds of comments posted on online discussion forums.

Many contributors make a very good point saying that the OSSL invoice posted on this website is fake. They raise legitimate concerns about its authenticity, about the VAT number and the content of the email, which looks like it has been drafted to embarrass Shell.

There is a simple answer. Call in the Garda to investigate? Why has this not already been done? Perhaps we already know the answer.

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SHELL GARDA CORRUPTION IN IRELAND EXPOSED BY THE OBSERVER

“The Observer asked the Garda and Gilligan specifically to deny the delivery, but no denial came, only a repeat of the prepared statement. The Observer replied that, unless a denial was received, we would presume the veracity of OSSL’s story. Silence ensued.”

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HEADLINE: Strange tale of Shell’s pipeline battle, the Garda and £60,000 worth of booze

Shell’s Corrib gas project has been delayed for years by strong resistance in County Mayo. Now claims are emerging of corporate sweeteners, including a consignment of alcohol for police after a clash with protesters

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For 10 years, the Shell oil and gas behemoth has endeavoured to bring ashore a pipeline from the Atlantic into the heart-stopping beauty of Ireland‘s County Mayo seaboard. And for 10 years, local people whose ancestors farmed the land and fished the ocean have been determined to stop it.

The struggle has become an epic clash between the Goliath that is Shell, backed by the Irish police, and a group assembled around the umbrella protest group Shell to Sea, whose founder, retired primary schoolteacher Maura Harrington, says that, “thanks in no small measure to the Shell to Sea campaign, the project is 10 years behind schedule and its budget has trebled”.

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Shell’s man inside the Garda: Superintendent Joe Gannon

Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 14.17.32By John Donovan

I have recently reported on the daily email bombardment of Royal Dutch Shell executives by the disgruntled former “Mr Fixit” company for Shell in Ireland: OSSL

The email below provides more information about Shell’s attempt to bully an eye witness into giving perjured evidence to an official inquiry relating to a violent confrontation with Corrib Gas Project protestors, including a leader of  the Shell to Sea campaign, Maurah Harrington.

Shell was apparently absolutely desperate to protect its man inside the Irish Police force, Superintendent Joe Gannon, one of the many Garda, including other senior officers, who accepted the pernicious hospitality of Shell. 

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Daily bombardment of Shell by disgruntled Irish Company continues

The daily email bombardment of Shell by their former “Mr Fixit” in Ireland continues unabated. OSSL was used as a conduit by Shell to bribe the Irish Police Force and engage in other illegal activity on Shell’s behalf.

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By John Donovan

The daily email bombardment of Shell by their former “Mr Fixit” in Ireland continues unabated.

OSSL was used as a conduit by Shell to bribe the Irish Police Force and engage in other illegal activity on Shell’s behalf.

A couple of recent examples of the emails being rained on Shell:

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 3 August 2013 22:40:57 BST
To: Michael Crothers <[email protected]>, [email protected]
Subject: Re: Sky News

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Ireland Digs Deep For Economic Recovery

The solution to Ireland’s economic woes could be under the seabed – if further reserves are found it could begin exporting oil.

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Saturday 03 August 2013

By David Blevins, Ireland Correspondent, in County Mayo

Seismic surveys are to be carried out to ascertain if Ireland has enough oil and gas reserves to export fuel.

Shell is already building the longest gas tunnel in Europe (4.9km) to transport fuel from one field, 85km off the west coast.

If Russia ever turns off the supply, Ireland may soon be able to offer an alternative.

Michael Crothers, managing director of Shell Ireland, explained: “Because Ireland is beside a major market, and the UK is looking at decommissioning nuclear facilities, having to shut down coal-fired power plants because of greenhouse gas emissions, there’s an enormous opportunity for Ireland, if gas can be found, to export into that ready market.”

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IRISH FARMER ARRESTED FOR OPPOSING SHELL CORRIB

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 17.00.32Gerry Bourke has opposed the imposition of the Corrib Gas project in his village over the past decade and has previously spoken out regarding the occupation of the area by Shell and IRMS security. Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington stated “Gerry Bourke was part of the Shell to Sea delegation which met the UN Human Rights Defenders Special Rapporteur Mrs Sekaggya last year; Mrs Sekaggya’s report delivered to the UN earlier this year was critical of the Shell/Corrib policing methods and made specific recommendations thereto. Alan Shatter and the party of ‘law and order’ chose to ignore these recommendations and so Shell and the police continue to operate here as they do in Nigeria.”

News release – Issued by Shell to Sea
Thursday 25th July 2013

AUGHOOSE FARMER ARRESTED FOR OPPOSING SHELL

Early yesterday morning, Mayo farmer Gerry Bourke was arrested by Gardaí  at his home in Aughoose, Co. Mayo.  He was held for 6 hours at Belmullet Garda station before being charged with criminal damage and trespass at Shell’s tunneling compound at Aughoose.

Mr Bourke was questioned by Garda Hugh Egan, who was previously recorded joking about raping female anti-Shell campaigners in 2011.  Garda Egan was briefly moved to Castlebar in the immediate aftermath of the recording being made public, however he remains actively involved in policing Corrib protests. [1]

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New revelations in Shell Corrib Gas Corruption Scandal

Now Superintendent Thomas Murphy has approached OSSL saying that he is going to investigate. He has presented himself “as an independent person to the ongoing issues in Co Mayo” with clean hands. I can only guess that he did not receive a share of the free booze received from Shell by hundreds of his fellow County Mayo Garda police officers. With all due respect to Superintendent Murphy, he can hardly be described as “independent”. However, if Superintendent Murphy decides to press ahead, the first person he should approach is Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan. He should ask Gilligan if he personally helped unload a delivery of alcohol at Bellmullet Garda station. (He did) If Gilligan declines to answer without first seeking advice from his lawyer, that alone would speak volumes. Superintendent Murphy may also wish to ask Gilligan and the other Garda who offloaded the free booze, who paid for it, who delivered it and who ended up drinking it?

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RESIDENTS RAISE SINKHOLE WARNING SIGNS OVER SHELL TUNNEL

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 07.03.50The warning signs which read “Danger Sinkholes: Keep Back” were erected in order to warn users of the estuary of presence of the sinkhole, which have been up to 8 foot deep.  Residents were forced to put up the warning signs after both Mayo County Council and the Department of Energy & Natural Resources, despite being contacted, have failed to take any action.

News release – Issued by Shell to Sea
Monday 15th July 2013

RESIDENTS RAISE SINKHOLE WARNING SIGNS OVER SHELL TUNNEL
— Local community forced to act after State agencies ignore danger —

Yesterday, local residents and supporters raised signs on Sruwaddacon estuary, warning of the sinkholes that continue to appear over Shell’s tunnel.  Residents first noticed the sinkholes beginning to appear in the special area of conservation on the 20th May and numerous sinkholes have appeared along the tunnel route since then.

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Donal O’ Kelly plays with Shell

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TUESDAY, 02 July 2013

The controversial Shell Corrib gas project takes centre stage when the theatrical force that is Donal O’Kelly returns to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar with his latest work, Benbo Productions’ surreal and heartfelt ‘Ailliliú Fionnuala’ tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 3.

Written and performed by O’Kelly, directed by Sorcha Fox and designed by Robert Ballagh, ‘Ailliliú Fionnuala’ centres on Ambrose Keogh, who works for Shell. When the tunnel-boring machine he named Fionnuala sinks into the bog in Erris, he is magically confronted by the legendary Fionnuala of the Children of Lir. Fionnuala puts a geas on him – he’s bound to tell the truth about Shell’s operations. During his ordeal, Ambrose meets his school classmate, Malachy Downes, a Shell-to-Sea activist, and echoes from the past resound.

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Campaigner against Corrib gas pipeline ‘on hunger strike’ in prison

Rossport campaigners say Liam Heffernan was arrested for blocking construction vehicles

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Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 00.26.28CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST the construction of a Shell gas pipeline at Rossport in Co Mayo say one of their fellow campaigners is on his fourth day of a hunger strike over his arrest.

Liam Heffernan was arrested at Aughoose last Wednesday for allegedly obstructing Shell construction vehicles as they moved in to bore a tunnel to carry a pipeline in the area.

Campaigners claim his arrest was without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

They say Heffernan was taken to Belmullet Garda Station where he was offered the opportunity to enter into a bail bond, on the condition that he stay away from Shell’s tunnelling compound at Aughoose.

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Shell Corrib Gas Project campaigner on hunger strike in Castlerea prison

Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 13.28.18On Monday 17th of June Shell Corrib Gas Project campaigner Liam Heffernan (right) began a hunger strike in protest against his continued detention in Castlerea prison.

Issued by Rossport Solidarity Camp

On Monday 17th of June Shell Corrib Gas Project campaigner Liam Heffernan (right) began a hunger strike in protest against his continued detention in Castlerea prison.

On Wednesday morning the 12th of June Liam Heffernan – a campaigner from the Rossport Solidarity Camp – was arrested at Aughoose, County Mayo under sections 8 and 9 of the Public Order Act for allegedly obstructing Shell construction vehicles without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

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Shell law returns to Broadhaven Bay

Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 15.42.20Shell safety boat sinks kayak while detaining others on Broadhaven Bay: Almost immediately after entering the bay the kayakers progress was obstructed by six Shell security and safety boats. The security boats, staffed with IRMS, Shell’s security personnel, then proceeded to grab hold of kayakers and their kayaks and detain them against their will.  On some occasions kayakers were dragged by the security boats through the water, sometimes for up to 15 minutes.  In a departure from previous years when Shell carried out work in Broadhaven Bay, no Gardaí were present at the scene.

Issued by Rossport Solidarity Camp

17/06/13

Yesterday, the 16th June Shell began the operation to lay an umbilical from landfall at Glengad to the Corrib Gas field.  At 5pm, six kayakers from Rossport Solidarity Camp entered the waters of Broadhaven Bay, in order to protest against the imposition of the Corrib Gas project on the local community.  The protest marks the beginning of two weeks of action against the project.[1]

Almost immediately after entering the bay the kayakers progress was obstructed by six Shell security and safety boats.   The security boats, staffed with IRMS, Shell’s security personnel, then proceeded to grab hold of kayakers and their kayaks and detain them against their will.  On some occasions kayakers were dragged by the security boats through the water, sometimes for up to 15 minutes.  In a departure from previous years when Shell carried out work in Broadhaven Bay, no Gardaí were present at the scene.

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Corruption of the Irish Police by Royal Dutch Shell

Screen Shot 2012-01-23 at 08.17.18This is a brief update about OSSL, a company employed for some years by Shell EP Ireland as a “Mr Fixit” (distributor of Shell bribes) used to ease the progress of the controversial, hopelessly delayed and billions over-budget, Shell led Corrib Gas Project in Ireland

By John Donovan

This is a brief update about OSSL, a company employed for some years by Shell EP Ireland as a “Mr Fixit” (distributor of Shell bribes) used to ease the progress of the controversial, hopelessly delayed and billions over-budget, Shell led Corrib Gas Project in Ireland.

Regular readers may recall my email dated 28 April 2013 to Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan of the Garda, who had a hand in facilitating the widespread corruption of the Garda, many of whom have been accused of brutality towards environmental protestors, including members of the Shell to Sea campaign.

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The integrity of Shell EP Ireland CEO Michael Crothers

Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 14.17.32At that point, when you send a letter in your name knowing that it is designed to deceive, you have lost your integrity and join previous Shell senior executives, such as Jeroen van der Veer, who also gave in to the dark side of Shell. Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International has confirmed that the same internal investigation smokescreen was used in respect of the Brent Bravo deaths scandal.

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: OSSL DEBACLE
Date: 10 June 2013 09:32:04 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected], [email protected], “[email protected] COMPANY” <[email protected]>

Dear Mr Crothers

I am writing to you in connection with your response letter dated 28 May 2013 to Deputy Clare Daly TD, a member of the Dail, the Irish Parliament.

As you will recall, the subject of the correspondence was OSSL, the company formally employed as a “Mr Fixit” by Shell E&P Ireland Limited.

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SHELL INDUSTRIAL SCALE CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE

Astonishingly, none of these Shell officials, nor John Gilligan, Alan Shatter, or anyone else in the Irish government, police, or any oversight body, has asked me to supply the voluminous evidence. No one seems shocked, or even interested. There have been no denials issued, nor have I received any threats of litigation, as could be anticipated if the allegations were without foundation. This seems to be a rotten state of affairs? I am now beginning to wonder if Shell has bought the whole Irish Establishment?

EMAIL SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE IRISH PARLIAMENT (THE DAIL)

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: SHELL INDUSTRIAL SCALE CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE
Date: 6 May 2013 15:32:09 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected]

Irish Police corruption, booze and violence sponsored by Shell

Dear Mr Shane Ross TD

I am writing to you and all other members of the Dail on an exceptional basis concerning a matter that should be a cause of great concern.

I sent an email to your Justice Minister Mr Alan Shatter over a month ago concerning alleged widespread corruption of the Garda by Shell E&P Ireland.

Mr Shatter is aware that I have in my possession a vast array of what I believe to be related authentic documents and correspondence.  It includes an invoice from a small firm – The OSSL Company – to Shell E&P Ireland for over 35,000 euros (plus VAT) spent on the procurement of alcohol distributed to the Garda by OSSL, on behalf of its long time client, Shell.

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Shell Corrib Corruption & Community Complaints

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That these events go almost universally unreported by the Irish media is a great hindrance to that justice being secured, but your website’s ongoing work in exposing the wrongdoing of Shell and it’s agents worldwide is a vitally important one. Rest assured, the most recent events on the subject of the Corrib Gas project are being closely watched – and acted upon – by many people on the west coast of Ireland and beyond, and together we can expose the corruption that far too many are trying their best to ignore.

Corrib Corruption & Community Complaints

By JM (long-time Shell watcher)

Your recent posting on the Corrib controversy concludes with a point about Irish citizens apparently not raising a fuss over the whole situation, and the latest allegations/revelations in particular.

Living with the ongoing project, many in the local community have had cause to report a multitude of matters to various bodies and State agencies during the course of the last dozen years or so. There are two recurring themes in all such cases: (1) an abuse of process/standards by Shell and/or it’s agents, and (2) a total lack of action/accountability for Shell and/or the agents supposedly “responsible” for the abuse.

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Shell Corrib Gas Project

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By John Donovan

I have sent an email to Detective Superintendent John Gilligan of the Irish Police (the Garda) concerning corruption allegations surrounding the Shell led Corrib gas project in Ireland, that were the subject of my recent correspondence with the Irish Justice Ministry.

Shell corruption scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale?: 6 April 2013

If no response is forthcoming, we will publish the content of the email.

I understand that Shell lawyers are on a quest to shut us down.

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RAGE AGAINST THE SHELL CORRIB BORING MACHINE

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Come to act in solidarity with the campaign in Mayo against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. For over 12 years, the local community have been resisting Shell’s plans to force through a high pressure raw gas pipeline and inland refinery. Local people have gone through all possible channels to fight the project.

Let down by the Government; many have been beaten, imprisoned and feel under siege by the security and police. However people continue to protest in order to protect their families, livelihoods and resources. Currently Shell are attempting to tunnel under an EU ‘protected’ estuary with their tunnel boring machine but they are experiencing major construction problems. If they are having difficulties without protests, imagine how much havoc a little more disruption will cause. Rossport is the frontline of the resistance to ‘Extreme Energy’ extraction in Ireland.

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SHELL CUT REFINERY GAS PIPE THEY THOUGHT WAS A WATER PIPE

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— Latest incident further example of Shell as “Neighbour from Hell” — 

Shell has admitted that on Monday, the 8th April, they had to vent all the nitrogen currently in the gas pipes at the Bellanaboy refinery, after they mistakenly cut a gas pipe. Shell claim the reason for this was the gas pipe was mistaken for a water pipe in the refinery and was cut.  The gas pipes on the refinery site are currently filled with nitrogen to inhibit corrosion.   The incident only came to light because a local resident contacted Midwest Radio with details of the incident.   Shell confirmed the incident took place one week after the event. [1]

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ALLEGED CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE BY SHELL

OSSL seems to have been used as a “Mr Fixit” for SEPIL, allegedly facilitating the distribution of improper gifts to various parties, including the Garda, who rightly or wrongly, have been accused of acting as an offshoot of Shell security in policing protests against the project. It was also alleged that related invoices were falsified on Shell’s instructions.

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Alan Shatter TD, Irish Minister for Justice

Alan Shatter TD, Irish Minister for Justice

Dear Mr Shatter TD

I am contacting you in your capacity as the Irish Government Minister responsible for Justice.

I operate an independent, entirely non commercial website – royaldutchshellplc.com – that monitors the activities of Royal Dutch Shell.

We have many contacts inside Shell and regularly publish Shell internal information supplied by whistleblowers, including employees working on the controversial Corrib gas project. We established that the Shell Corrib emails supplied to us for publication were authentic.

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