Uploaded on Mar 22, 2011
News Release - Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea
Monday 21 March 2011
Up to 20 opposition TDs to demand reversal of Corrib Gas pipeline consents
Up to 20 opposition TDs will attend a Dublin Shell to Sea photo-call and press conference at 12.30pm on Tuesday 22 March at the Kildare Street gates of Leinster House.
The TDs will be supporting Shell to Sea's call for the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government and new Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte to overturn the consents granted by former minister Pat Carey's to Shell E&P Ireland on the day of the recent general election.The consents relate to the onshore section of the Corrib gas pipeline and were issued despite High Court proceedings being initiated by An Taisce and Erris residents against last January's An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission for the onshore section of the Corrib gas pipeline.
Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins criticised Pat Carey's decision, 'these consents were issued in a highly dubious manner on the day of the recent general election. Pat Carey, who was only in the Department a matter of weeks, had no mandate to issue the consents to Shell. He was a cabinet minister in a government with minority support and it is scandalous that such a major decision relating to the state's natural resources should be taken in this way.'
'It is noteworthy that a number of weeks prior to the general election former Minister of Finance Brian Lenihan postponed the injection of a further €10 billion into Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland and EBS. This postponement was based on his belief that the then Fianna Fáil government had minority support and therefore had no mandate to sanction further bank bailouts.'
Caoimhe Kerins called on the new Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources to overturn the consents issued by Pat Carey and to renegotiate the licencing terms offered to oil corporations , 'Shell to Sea is calling on the new Minister Pat Rabbitte to overturn the consents issued for the Corrib gas pipeline. This remains an unsafe project and will accrue no benefit to the people of Ireland.'
'The state's bizarre licencing terms ensures that Shell will pay little or no tax on the estimated €10 billion worth of gas in the Corrib field. The new Minister has an opportunity to lift the burden of cuts being heaped on working people by renegotiating the disastrous licencing terms and using the state's vast reserves of oil and gas to invest in public services.'
FOR VERIFICATION AND COMMENT -- CONTACT: Caoimhe Kerins -- 085 8328130
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Shell to Sea is a national campaign with active groups based across Ireland. The Shell to Sea campaign has three main aims.
1) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland's 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.
2) To have the Corrib gas field exploited in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health and safety risks.
3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell's proposed inland refinery.
*This figure is based on the estimate, issued by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) in 2006, that the amount of gas and oil in the Rockall and Porcupine basins, off Ireland's west coast, is 10 BBOE (billion barrels of oil equivalent).
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