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Ferris expresses disappointment at Mayo County Council decision on Corrib

30 April, 2004

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris has expressed disappointment at the decision by Mayo County Council to allow Shell to proceed with its planned development at Bellanaboy Wood, County Mayo. The company plans to construct facilities there to cater for gas to be brought onshore from the Corrib Field.

Deputy Ferris said: "I share the disappointment of many over this decision. Not only are there grave doubts regarding the environmental impact of the facility, but there are also strong economic arguments against allowing this project to proceed under the current licensing terms which mean that there is no long term benefit to the Irish people. Until the oil and gas multinationals are subject to royalties and until the state reclaims a 50% stake in any find, it is better that the gas is left where it is.

"I am also deeply unhappy with the failure to address the safety of the actualpipeline which will bring the gas onshore. Part of its route brings it below Dooncarton Hill where the landslide took place last September. Despite what was said by Shell at the time, and repeated by Minister Ahern, had the pipeline been in place it would have been severed by the landslide. That risk will remain." ENDS

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