after we vote "yes" to Lisbon Treaty.....
fROM:SHELL TO SEA
Eamon Ryan and Eamon Ó Cuív yesterday
announced a gift of 750,000 being awarded to the
parish of Kilcommon. Why this isolated rural community
would be singled out by the ministers is obvious to local
people. The money is a result of the North West Mayo
Community Forum which was set up by the ministers, though
local community groups have refused to engage with it as
it is perceived as an attempt to bribe the community.
They are trying to buy our consent
says Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington. It
is crumbs off the table compared to what Shell expects to
make off this project they are trying to force through
Ms. Harrington argues that if the ministers were
to truly act on behalf of their people, they would not
let the Corrib Gas Project go ahead in its current form.
The Government is making cuts everywhere,
while 420 billion worth of oil and gas sits off the west
coast of Ireland, all to be given away to multinational
corporations with no benefit to the Irish people,
They will never get consent as long as our
lives and our community are in danger and our nation's
natural resources are being given away to
Today, Wednesday 21st October at 1pm, Shell to Sea
stopped illegal work at Glengad, Co Mayo, when a
campaigner climbed on the arm of a Volvo digger. Shell
were preparing to drill bore holes in a Special Area of
Conservation (SAC), and the action was to stop this work
from going ahead. Currently Shell have been stopped for 3
hours before their work has reached the SAC.
Shell confirmed to Shell to Sea that they are relying
solely on the consent of the landowner for the works to
be carried out, however works on an SAC site requires
permission of the Minister for Environment under the the
EC Habitats Regulations.
The work is being carried out only two hundred metres
from where Shell & RPS were stopped from drilling in
October 2007. Commenting on that unauthorised drilling
work Minister Gormley said: The actions of the
Shell contractors in entering a Special Area of
Conservation and carrying out works without authorisation
are a matter of serious concern to me. I find it
unacceptable that this has occurred at a time when my
Department has been making special efforts to keep in
communication with Shell during the course of this
project to date.
This latest work comes just days before the expected Bord
Pleanála decision regarding the onshore pipeline.
Commenting from Glengad, Terence Conway stated "Shell
& Co. are making a total mockery of the laws of this
country. They've been riding roughshod over this
community for years now and they're doing it to planning
law now too. It is time for John Gormley and the
Government to stand up to the bullying of Shell.
For verification or further comment, please contact:
Terence Conway 086 0866264
Maura Harrington 087 959 1474