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Ferris raises dumping of Shell waste on Bord na Mona bog

2 December, 2003

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD, attempted today in the Dáil to have the business of the house adjourned to discuss the dumping of waste from the route of the proposed Corrib gas pipeline at the Bord na Mona bog at Srahmore, County Mayo.

Deputy Ferris raised the issue following an admission by Bord na Mona that the company would accept liability for any environmental damage caused to local water systems. Deputy Ferris also referred to the fact that as with the sale of Bellanboy Wood to the same company, Shell subsidiary Enterprise Energy Ireland, that no details of the contract have been released.

"Those familiar with the history of this company, and the grounds for the rejection of its application to build the pipeline by An Bord Pleanala, are extremely concerned over the possible implications of this deal. Once again, a public asset is being handed over for use by a private consortium with no disclosure of contract. It is also worrying that Bord na Mona ought to be taking responsibility for any possible environmental damage given the fact that this was the main reason cited for the refusal of permission last May." ENDS

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