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category mayo | environment | news report author Monday October 19, 2009 22:07author by An Bord Pleanálaauthor email bord at pleanala dot ieauthor address 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1author phone (01) 858 8100 or Lo-call 1890 275 175 Report this post to the editors

An Bord Pleanála announces its decison today to grant planning permission with revised conditions to Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIL) for the construction of an onshore gas pipeline in Mayo.

An Bord Pleanála is today pleased to announce the decision to grant planning permission to Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIL) for the construction of an onshore gas pipeline running from Glengad to Bellanaboy in order to facilitate the Corrib Gas project.

The Bord approves this application as a strategic infrastructure development, and sees the Corrib Gas Project as integral in the future of the nation's development. An Bord Pleanála aims to embrace proper planning practices and sustainable development, and the Corrib Gas Project is complimentary to these principles.

Speaking after the announcement of the decision, An Bord Pleanála chairperson John O'Connor extended his congratulations to SEPIL on their successful application stating “Ever since I met the Corrib Gas Partners on 23rd of September 2003, four days after they had met Bertie Ahern, I have seen the benefit that this project can bring to people, and have since given it my full support.”

However due to the complex nature of the Corrib Gas Project, An Bord Pleanála has engaged in a thorough examination and discussion between the applicant and the local community. As a result of the Oral Hearing which took place in May 2009, An Bord Pleanála has taken into consideration the submissions from the local community and included a total of 413 conditions to the applicant, regarding how SEPIL must construct and operate the onshore pipeline.

Attached are the first 25 Conditions:

1. Shell & Statoil must promise to be very nice in the future and that includes no hiring mercenaries to beat up on the local people.

2. Shell & Statoil must try to encourage the residents living within the 400 metre kill-zone of the raw gas pipe to move somewhere more suitable (Carlow should be suggested – bring brochures).

3. If people are being stubborn and refusing to move, then their houses should be moved back outside the kill-zone.

4. Sand martins who continued to live next to Glengad beach despite the noise and construction disturbance are to also be encouraged to leave the area.

5. Shell & Statoil must promise to do their best to conceal the extent of the Oil and Gas robbery from the Irish people. The less people understand about the Great Gas Giveaway, the better off everyone will be (especially those who benefit from it).

6. All fish and marine life to be removed from Broadhaven Bay, and suitable homes must be found for them (anywhere safe and away from raw gas pipelines).

7. €420 billion to be invested in the local parish of Kilcommon. A big golden statue of Minister Eamon Ryan (preferably without protest sign) to be constructed outside the gates of the Bellanaboy terminal.

8. Shell & Statoil to ensure that anyone driving over any of the four road crossing are not traveling in excess of 10 km per hour. Also children are not to be allowed to jump around in the back of the car while driving over the pipeline.

9. Shell & Statoil to build an exercise gym in the area in which local residents will have mandatory training once a week. This will allow residents to escape from the thermal radiation in less than 30 seconds should there be a gas leakage from the pipe.

10. Once the pipeline has been constructed, the Gardaí should be urged to go back to more rural style policing, that means less batoning, punching and surveillance of citizens.

11. The pipeline should be properly maintained, that means no implementing the usual Shell safety policy of “Touch Fuck All”. Come on please.

12. Some jobs for some Bord Pleanála people when they retire would be appreciated too but won't be put down explicitly as a necessary condition.

13. If, Shell & Statoil are to use the outflow pipe to illegally pump out chemicals into Broadhaven Bay, this is only to be done at night and not when there is a full moon.

14. During the removal of 75,000 tonnes of peat from Rossport Commonage, the frogs are to be removed by hand, not by JCB bucket as has be the general practice of Shell and Mayo County Council in the area.

15. Residents of Glengad, Pollathomais, Rossport, Aughoose, Lenamore and the surrounding areas which are at high risk for landslides are encouraged to keep an eye out for bits of mountain slipping towards theirs or their neighbours' homes, and are advised to leave the area if this occurs.

16. In the unlikely event of there being in excess of 2mm of rainfall in a given 24 hour period, residents in these areas should prepare for evacuation. If rainfall continues then leave the area until the rain stops.

17. Shell and Statoil will be encouraged to provide funding for Tony O'Reilly and other media giants in Ireland who have consistently shown support for the Corrib Gas Project and it's beneficiaries.

18. The public will be prohibited from building any sandcastles on Glengad beach that are over the 345 bar pressure pipeline running underneath.

19. Shell must maintain the Broadband Internet connection and mobile phone coverage for the area, even in the event of a gas explosion and complete desecration of the local environment, at least there will be mobile coverage.

20. Shell and Statoil must provide a dolphin sanctuary at Inver, which will be a safe uncontaminated home for the dolphins where they can look out through the glass onto their former home, Broadhaven Bay as it slowly deteriorates into a wasteland.

21. Dogs are not allowed to bury any bones on top of the pipeline route.

22. As An Garda Síochána has consistently worked closely with Shell to facilitate the Corrib Gas Project and have always praised the safety of the pipeline, Shell will be required to fund a Garda barracks to be built on top of the pipeline, adjacent to the landfall valve which is 345 bar pressure. This is to encourage their continued facilitation of the project and to reward them for their hard work criminalising and intimidating the local community in their opposition to the project.

23. Shell and Statoil are to work with Mayo County Council to ensure that pollution in Carrowmore Lake, the local drinking supply, doesn't get any worse. If dead fish start floating in the water, Shell and Statoil will be asked to provide a new lake.

24. Shell and Statoil in their operations around the world are encouraged to try to eradicate the growing Resource Nationalism around the world. Illustrate to Russia, Bolivia and Venezuela who recently claimed back control over the energy resources that they should follow Ireland's lead in handing over all their natural resources to Big Oil.

25. Shell's private security personnel role, currently fulfilled by IRMS, will be extended to include Emergency Response duties in the event of a gas pipeline rupture. If there were a leak at the beach in Glengad where the gas is at 345 bar pressure, once the notification is received and the valves at the well-head shut off, it would take 16 hours for the pipeline to be flushed out and for the gas to stop flowing at Glengad. During this time IRMS could aid in the evacuation of the local community (obviously not anyone within the kill-zone, they've only got thirty seconds).

Due to past experience, we realise the difficulties that Shell & Statoil have in following conditions given to them by State agencies. But we only ask that they do their best.

Please attach any conditions you would like requested of Shell & Statoil:

author by lulupublication date Tue Oct 20, 2009 09:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Big Corporate Media and State Media will help people to turn a blind eye to the robbery, violence and pollution spread in their homeland by providing lurid distractions, celeb gossip, 'sex scandals', and big-money game shows.

author by NeuteredMoron - An Bord Pleanálapublication date Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors


If gas does manage to seep from the said pipeline:
all blame will be attributed to 'sabotage' - carried out by:

1: Local vigilantes ("with the help of I.R.A sleeper cells" - according to the great Paul Williams - Sunday World).

2: Crazed unwashed Anarchists
("flown in from Berlin squats by private Green peace jets" - according to the great Paul Williams - Sunday World)

3: Disgruntled P.E.G (pro erris gas) members. (Who's bribes from Shell never got fully paid).

4: Deranged ex-Green party members, whose conscience got the better of them and who were found later on that evening - naked,
whilst picking up old plastic bags from the bog and howling at the moon.

5: Al Qaeda.

6: Nigerian Militants - whose speed boat got blown off course by freak winds.

7: Paul Williams (The Great) - (looking for a good story to lie about).

8: Evo Morales's cousin from Bellmullet. (Mickey Mór Ales).

9: The Fairies.

10: Anyone really except Shell or the Government.

Related Link: http://www.sundayworld.com/columnists/index.php
author by Michael Lallypublication date Tue Oct 20, 2009 16:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Democracy Now is reporting that: The Interior Department has given Shell the OK to drill oil exploration wells in two areas of the Beaufort Sea near the Arctic. This could lead to the first drilling in more than a decade in this area off the north coast of Alaska. Chuck Clusen of the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the decision. Clusen said a drilling blowout could leave oil in the waters off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for decades, killing whales, seals, fish and birds and turning irreplaceable spawning and feeding grounds into an ecological wasteland.

Related Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/20/headlines#4
author by JMpublication date Wed Oct 21, 2009 03:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

A blow-by-blow account of the ABP Oral Hearing can be downloaded here.

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/94505
author by confused?publication date Wed Oct 21, 2009 13:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Did Bord Pleanála grant permission or is this a satirical piece

author by anonpublication date Wed Oct 21, 2009 13:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Half in jest and more in earnest - opportunity, like lotto, to match conditions to ABP rubber stamp!

author by ahabpublication date Wed Oct 21, 2009 17:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's a piece of confusingly bad satire.

author by lulupublication date Thu Oct 22, 2009 08:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's a prophecy of the expected result, folks.

author by loo lapublication date Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

So it's an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory.

author by Blacblocpublication date Fri Oct 23, 2009 13:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's a good laugh! Let's see the rest of the 'conditions'!

author by anonpublication date Fri Oct 23, 2009 21:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

395 (maybe) The Board will defer final decision until the last few tick-box requirements in anticipation of a Judicial Review are formulated and run by Shell's legal teams.

author by míol mórpublication date Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

57) Shell will make sure that all IRMS employees will attend anger managment course at least 4 times a year (for safety of members of public)

58) Shell will provide mobile compost toilets and refreshments for the inevitable protests around shell`s sites. (health and safety)

author by western readerpublication date Thu Oct 29, 2009 00:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Seems that this spoof made the front page of the western.


Related Link: http://www.westernpeople.ie/news/story/?trs=eyeysngbau
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