Shell Project unravelling

April 24, 2007 at 10:17 am | Posted in Statements | Leave a comment

After the events of last week, it is now apparent that Shell’s project in North Mayo is unravelling.

On Wednesday Shell suffered a serious legal defeat in the High Court with the final collapse of the pipeline component of their project. Throughout the week Shell suffered a series of technical defeats at the EPA oral hearing particularly with regard to water issues and cold venting. Over the weekend Shell suffered a moral defeat with the awarding of the prestigious Goldman Prize to Willie Corduff. Finally, Shell suffered a clear popular defeat with the statement at the oral hearing by the local parish priest that the clear majority of people directly affected by their project want it changed.

As a result of the High Court decision the Plan of Development governing the project needs to be changed. This government, or the next government, has the ideal opportunity and legal capacity to force a re-configuration of the Corrib gas project.

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