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Irland burde være mer som Norge( Ireland should be more like Norway)!

category mayo | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Thursday May 17, 2007 21:39author by Shell to Sea - Dublin Shell to Seaauthor email dublinshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address c/o 134 Phibsborough Road Dublin 7author phone +353871323369 Report this post to the editors

Norwegian Day 2007 with Shell to Sea

Syttende mai (May 17th) is celebrated by Norwegians in Dublin to mark the anniversary of the signing of the country’s first constitution, and independence from Sweden.

Of all the countries in the in the world, Norway has one of the highest standards of living. To a great extent, this is because of the country’s natural resources, which are carefully managed through the state company Statoil.

Statoil owns a chunk of the Corrib gas field and is working on getting more gas from under the sea off the west coast, so Ireland's natural resources are also playing their part in raising the living standards of the Norwegian people.

Once again this year, activists from Shell to Sea joined in the festivities, distributing flags and leaflets to the Norwegian people and raising awareness of the fact that the Irish establishment are not doing such a good job of looking after our natural resources.
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Here is the text from the leaflets given out:

[Norwegian Flag]
IRELAND SHOULD BE MORE LIKE NORWAY! IRLAND BURDE VÆRE MER SOM NORGE!

Norway owns 25% of the natural gas in the Corrib field off the west coast of Ireland, because the Norwegian government holds shares in Statoil. The profits from the sale of the gas will pay for schools, hospitals, roads, and other projects including pensions, all in Norway.

The people of Ireland will gain nothing, because they own 0% of the gas.

Norge eier 25% av gassreservene på Corrib-feltet på Irlands vestkyst fordi den norske regjeringen
eier aksjer i Statoil. Profitten fra salget av gassen vil bli brukt til å finansiere skoler,
sykehuser, veier, og pensjoner – i Norg!

Folk i Irland vil ikke nyte godt av prosjektet, for de eier 0% av gassreservene.

If you would like to apply for Norwegian citizenship, write to:
Om du ønsker å søke om norsk statsborgerskap, skriv til :

H.E. Mr. Truls Hanevold, Royal Norwegian Embassy,
34 Molesworth St Dublin 2.

______

[17th May Leaflet ]

Irland burde være mer som Norge!

Nordmenn feirer syttende mai verden rundt for å markere grunnloven av 1814. Norge har en av verdens høyeste levestandarder, blant annet på grunn av landets rike naturressurser som har blitt kløktig utnyttet gjennom selskapet Statoil.

Det norske folket eier 71 prosent av Statoil, som igjen eier 36,5% av gassreservene på Corrib-feltet på vestkysten av Irland. Dette betyr at norske borgere eier 25 prosent av Irlands gassreserver. På grunn av den irske regjeringens ”generøse” lisenssystem eier irske borgene ingenting, og må kjøpe tilbake sine egne naturressurser til markedspris. Fortjenesten fra gassreservene på kysten utenfor Mayo kommer til å bli investert i Fredrikstad og Oslo, mens prisene for irske forbrukere nettopp har økt med 40 prosent.

Fortjenesten fra irske gassressurser burde bli brukt til å finansiere det irske helsevesenet, skoler, pensjoner, transport og annen infrastruktur. Men som en følge av nåværende ordninger kommer ikke Irland til å oppleve varige bedringer som følge av at landet naturressurser utnyttes.

Folk som har protestert mot Corrib-prosjektet har blitt slått av politiet og sendt i fengsel. Vi ber om at du klager på denne situasjonen til den norske regjeringen, og - om du kan – bruker stemmeretten din til å gi Irland regjeringsskifte den 24. mai.

Syttende mai (May 17th) is celebrated by Norwegians around the world to mark the anniversary of the signing of the country’s constitution. Norway has one of the highest standards of living in the world, partly because of the country’s natural resources, which are carefully managed through the state company Statoil.

The people of Norway own 71 per cent of Statoil. The company has a 36.5 per cent stake in the Corrib natural gas field off the west coast of Ireland. This means that the citizens of Norway will own 25 per cent of the Irish gas. Meanwhile, because of the lrish government's giveaway licensing system, the people of Ireland will own nothing, and will have to buy back their own natural resource at market rates. The profits from gas that lies off the Mayo coast will be invested in infrastructure projects in places like Fredrikstad and Oslo, while gas prices for consumers in Ireland have recently risen by 40 per cent.

Profits from Irish natural resources should be used to fund the Irish health system, schools, pensions, transport and other infrastructure. The current system means that Ireland will see no lasting benefit from the exploitation of its natural resources.

People who have protested against this have been beaten by police and even sent to prison. Please complain to the Norwegian government about this situation, and if you can, use your vote to change the Irish government on May 24th.

__________

Useful links :
Norwegian Day 2006 http://www.indymedia.ie/article/76116, Press Release with discussion of Corrib deal http://www.indymedia.ie/article/82577,
Norwegian Embassy guide to May 17th in Dublin http://www.norway.ie/culture/events/17may.htm, Applying for Norwegian Settlement Permit http://www.udi.no/templates/Tema.aspx?id=7427, Facts about Norway http://www.norway.ie/facts/facts.htm, Info on Corrib sceme http://www.mayogasinfo.com/, Info on Statoil http://www.statoil.ie/

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com

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author by Shell chun Sáilepublication date Thu May 17, 2007 21:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

From the Statoil website:

"Statoil ASA, founded in 1972, is one of the world's largest oil companies and a significant supplier of natural gas to Europe. Currently active in 29 countries, Statoil is renowned for innovation, quality and high standards in both its products and service to customers while protecting the environment and nurturing relationships with local communities.

Statoil is primarily engaged in exploration and production, transport and refining in Ireland. Producing and transporting oil and gas put a burden on the environment. Statoil works to ensure that this load is as small as possible, and aims to conduct its operation without injury to people or damage to the environment."

Maybe it should say- "except in relation to the Corrib scheme".

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See you next year
See you next year

Related Link: http://www.statoil.ie/
author by IT readerpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 16:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

150 mark Norway day

Ronan McGreevy

Shell to Sea campaigners took part yesterday in a parade to mark Norway's national holiday.

About 150 Norwegian people based in Ireland celebrated Syttenda Mai (May 17th), which commemorates the signing of the country's constitution, with a parade from Trinity College to St Stephen's Green. They were addressed by the Norwegian ambassador, Truls Hanevold.

Norwegians based in Ireland were joined by Shell to Sea campaigners who have been advocating for years to have a proposed pipeline to take gas from the Corrib Gas Field moved off shore.

The Shell to Sea campaign claims that Norwegians will benefit more from the field than Irish taxpayers because Statoil, which has a 36.5 per cent stake in it, is state owned.

Micheál Ó Seighin, one of the Rossport Five, who joined the parade, said the terms of the licence granted to Statoil and their major partner, Shell, means it will bring no advantages to local people. "We want the Norwegian people to know that oil and gas comes at a price and it is we that are paying the price."

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Related Link: http://tinyurl.com/235783
author by simonpublication date Tue May 22, 2007 09:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

dividends of statoil account for 2.5% of Norwegian tax take from oil and gas roughly the same as the carbon tax oil companies pay. over 90% comes from tax. royalties have been dropped and licensing is written off against corporation tax.

author by ERpublication date Tue May 22, 2007 11:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Would the people of Norway be happy if an Irish company was getting a huge dividend from their natural resources and they got nothing?

While your figures might be interesting if they were clearer, the fact remains that Norwegian citizens will see a lasting benefit from the Corrib field, while the people who live in Ireland won't.

It should also be remembered that Statoil wouldn't be allowed to carry on a project like this in Norway.

As Micheal O Seighin said, the people of Erris are paying the price.

author by Dpublication date Tue May 22, 2007 12:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"the fact remains that Norwegian citizens will see a lasting benefit from the Corrib field, while the people who live in Ireland won't" -- Irish citizens will get 25% of the profit from Corrib through tax payments; as a result of Statoil's investment of hundreds of millions of Euro in high risk exploration offshore Ireland, Norwegian citizens will receive about 19% of profit after Irish tax payments.

"It should also be remembered that Statoil wouldn't be allowed to carry on a project like this in Norway." -- There are projects similar to Corrib in Norway - in particular Ormen Lange, which is also being developed via subsea wells tied back to an onshore terminal. The link http://www.hydro.com/ormenlange/en/media_room/image_gal....html shows many pictures of the terminal, which is much larger and more complex than that planned for Corrib. Some of the pictures show the proximity of a number of houses close to the terminal.

author by Spublication date Tue May 22, 2007 13:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Irish citizens will get 25% of the profit from Corrib through tax payments;"

True, but you forgot to say that 100 per cent of exploration costs can be deducted from those profits before tax is assessed, and by exploration costs we mean, well, anything the consortium want, including building a refinery and sending people to jail. These costs include expenses claimed by Enterprise Energy Ireland, and will be backdated for years. Many people doubt that very much tax will ever be paid.

author by Spublication date Tue May 22, 2007 13:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You point about Norwegian similarities needs clarifying.

In the photos, it's not clear exactly how the gas is getting to the terminal. How far from the sea is the refinery?

Does the gas travel at high pressure through a village? Under a road? Past a school?

What sort of consultation went on with the people who live there, and how many people is that?

Will the people who live with this terminal see any lasting benefit (not badly paid-jobs in the canteen and the promise of some tax revenue maybe sometime in the future)?

Does the Norwegian Oil Workers Union regard the two projects as similar?

author by npublication date Tue May 22, 2007 15:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=2&type=page

Read it and weep.

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