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Mayo Advertiser: Shell E&P Ireland seeks foreshore licence in search for new pipeline route

by Fiona McGarry
12 Januay 2007

Shell E&P Ireland has applied to the Department of the Marine for a foreshore licence to carry out investigation works as part of the process of finding a new route for the Corrib gas pipeline.

The company is seeking permission to occupy an area of the foreshore at Sruwaddacon Bay and the estuary beside Curraunboy. A spokesperson for the company said the application was part of the seven step process outlined last year for the selection of a modified pipeline route. The spokesperson said that to determine which routes would be “technical viable”, both land and marine examinations would be needed.

Maps, site plans and drawings of the area for which the foreshore licence is being sought are available at Belmullet and Ballina Garda Stations. Anyone wishing to make a representation or objection to the licence has 21 days from the date on which the company gave notice of its application (January 10). Submissions must be sent in writing to the Department of Communications, the Marine and Natural Resources, Building C, West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Meanwhile, Shell E&P is to hold three open evenings next week on the Corrib gas project. The Welcome Inn Hotel Castlebar is the venue for two events, taking place on Tuesday January 16 from 4pm to 9pm; and on Wednesday January 17 from 11am to 4pm. An event in Ballina will be held in the Ridgepool Hotel on Thursday January 18 between 4pm and 9pm.

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